The abuse and the persecution against Christians, Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities by the Daesh terrorist group have been recognized by the European Parliament as genocide.
The European People’s Party (EPP) welcomed the Parliament’s resolution, as the genocide initiative was promoted by the EPP.
“It is an historical decision. Elected parliamentarians from 28 countries representing over 500 million inhabitants have sent a clear signal to the Member States, the European Commission and the international community to act and to do so in accordance with the principle of ‘responsibility to protect’,” said Swedish EPP Group MEP Lars Adaktusson, who initiated today’s decision in Strasbourg.
“This is also a decision that aims to help restore the dignity of the millions of victims affected by ISIS’ barbaric crimes. It is of course also significant that this is the first time the European Parliament has recognized an ongoing genocide,” underlined Adaktusson.
The MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by Daesh. In today’s resolution, EU’s elected officials, reiterate their strong condemnation of Daesh and its egregious human rights abuses, deliberately targeting Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen, Shi’ites, Shabak, Sabeans, Kaka’e and Sunnis who do not agree with their interpretation of Islam.
These violations amount to “war crimes”, “crimes against humanity” and “genocide” according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the MEPs underline.
The resolution also calls the EU to establish a permanent Special Representative for Freedom of Religion and Belief and urges all countries in the international community to prevent war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide within their territory.
The MEPs also urge the EU member states to enforce their legislation to prevent their nationals from travelling to Syrian and Iraq to join Daesh and other terrorist organizations. Moreover, the resolution stresses that those who managed to travel to the war-torn territories should face criminal court proceedings as soon as possible.
The Resolution underlines that those who intentionally, for ethnic or religious reasons, conspire, plan, incite, commit or attempt to commit, are complicit or support atrocities, should be brought to justice and prosecuted for violations of international law, notably war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.