http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Refugee_crisis_Credit_Mikael_Damkier_via_wwwshutterstockcom_CNA.jpgWashington D.C., Mar 5, 2016 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2016 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pressure is mounting for the U.S. State Department to declare Christians as genocide victims at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).
On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a genocide resolution, becoming the latest body to call for a formal recognition of ISIS’ actions as genocide.
“ISIS commits mass murder, beheadings, crucifixions, rape, torture, enslavement, and the kidnaping of children, among other atrocities,” stated Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.).
“So as ISIS destroys churches and other holy sites, they move closer towards eliminating certain communities,” he added. “ISIS is guilty of genocide and it is time we speak the truth about their atrocities. I hope the administration and the world will do the same, before it’s too late.”
An amended version of H. Con. Res. 75 – a bipartisan resolution labeling ISIS’ atrocities committed against “Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities” as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide – passed unanimously through the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and will be put to a vote in Congress.