European Parliament labels Daesh crimes against Yazidis as genocide


Pro-Yazidis, a Kurdish religious community, protestors hold banners and placards during a rally on the Place des Nations in front of the European Headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 03 August 2015. Islamic State has reportedly massacred an unknown number of Yazidis and raped captive females since the terrorist group seized large territory in northern Iraq last year. Yazidis, followers of an ancient faith, are regarded by Islamic State as infidels.

Daesh brutal attacks amount to “war crimes”, “crimes against humanity” and “genocide” according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) the MEP said.

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 Comm...

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