This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2018.
For several years, the ACLJ has continuously urged international leaders to recognize the unthinkable atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria for what they are – genocide.
While ISIS is on the run, it has left a massive humanitarian crisis in the wake of its genocidal atrocities.
In order to provide for the lasting resettlement of Christians in Iraq and Syria, it is imperative to not only hold ISIS accountable but also provide aid, security, and assistance so that those who were forced to flee can now return home.
To that end, we have sent out numerous legal letters to world leaders detailing the evidence and outlining the legal case for genocide and the need to protect and aid the victims under the Genocide Convention.
In the past, we have explained how our ongoing legal advocacy continues to have an impact, including the U.N.’s appointment of a new taskforce to investigate evidence of genocide. This year, the ACLJ received two critical responses from key world leaders in our global campaign to protect Christians facing genocide.
First, we received a response from the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis. The EU’s response stated: “we fully share your concerns for the plight of Christians . . .” and that they are working with the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) on “investigations into mass and hidden graves” – a particularly important action based on facts we shared in our letter and legal memorandum detailing the existence of these mass graves.
The letter clarified that the EU stands “ready to provide support.”. This will allow us to follow up with other world leaders, Iraqi officials, and the U.N. to ensure that this vital resource is fully utilized to protect and provide aid for Christians.
We also received a full response from Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, the RT Hon. Alistair Burt MP who informed us he was directed to reply to us by the British Prime Minister’s Office.
This response echoed the need to bring the perpetrators of genocide to justice as well as provide resources for the lasting resettlement of refugees.
“Alongside our continued commitment to bring [ISIS] to justice, we are using our aid budget to alleviate the immediate humanitarian suffering of the most vulnerable people in the region, including Christians, Yezidis and other minorities, as well as the majority Muslim population in Iraq and Syria.”
The letter detailed how the UK was committing more than “£90 million in Conflict, Stability and Security Fund funding to Iraq, including over £25 million helping to make helping to make areas that have been affected by conflict safe . . . so that civilians can return to their homes.”
These are huge victories for the devastated Christians victims of ISIS. The international community is beginning to act to provide much needed resources and assistance for the victims of genocide. And these actions build on victories we’ve previously secured here in the U.S., ensuring that our taxpayer aid reaches the Christians and other religious minorities who need it most.
We must continue to advocate on behalf of Christian victims in the new year to ensure they receive the assistance needed to be able to safely return home.
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