ACLJ Addresses ISIS Genocide With Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

ACLJ Addresses Genocide With Iraq Ambassador

By ACLJ.org1482250402754

Today, in our continuous campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) genocide occurring in Iraq and Syria and as part of the 7-point plan we announced earlier this year, the ACLJ sent a letter to Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States. Our purpose in writing Iraq’s Ambassador is to show our support of Iraq’s efforts to end the ISIS genocide and urge Iraq to invite international intervention to protect the victims.

As we stated in our letter:

Iraqi leaders . . . have recognized the brutal and savage acts of the Islamic State as acts of genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities. . . .

In August 2014, then-Foreign Minister of Iraq Hoshyar Zebari condemned the Islamic State’s atrocious acts and warned of the potential for those violent acts to spread to other countries:

“[A]trocities are occurring [in Iraq] because of a group that calls itself the Islamic State. . . .

“The massacre of villagers, the abduction of hundreds of women and girls, crucifixions, beheadings, burying victims alive and other horrific acts have driven a torrent of Yazidis, Kurds, Christians and Turkomen, as well as Sunni and Shiite Arabs, from their homes. . . .

“With thousands of Islamic State recruits hailing from Western nations and holding passports from those lands, these violent extremists can return to their home countries without visas so commit similar atrocities. This is why it is so important for all Iraqis and Iraq’s neighbors and allies to respond rapidly and effectively to this threat.”

It’s been two years since those statements were made. In those two years, ISIS has continually shocked the world with unspeakable evil. Currently, thousands of people in Iraq (and Syria) are experiencing the nightmarish and barbaric acts committed by ISIS. In Mosul, “[u]p to one million people are trapped inside the city, running low on food and drinking water and facing the worsening cruelty of Islamic State fighters.” For those trapped in Mosul, there is still no indication of when Mosul will be rid of ISIS and when they will be free.

Two years ago, Iraqi President Fuad Masum stated, “Eradicating [the Islamic State] is the duty of the whole international community, the fast expansion of their ideology imposes an extra duty on every state that wants to protect its people and its land from this cancer.” He further warned that the Islamic State does not “recognize borders when they commit crimes, neither in Iraq, nor in the regional countries or in Europe and United States [sic].” The world, wherever ISIS is allowed to exist, is in danger of experiencing the horrific acts that are now occurring in Iraq and Syria.

President Masum’s warning was accurate. ISIS is expanding the areas in which it operates. In 2016 alone, we have seen ISIS attacks in the U.S. and in Europe. The need to defeat ISIS is not a problem isolated to Iraq and Syria. It is, indeed, an international concern. Iraq’s perspective on how to confront the ISIS genocide and protect its victims is critical and can provide unique insight into facing this increasingly global problem.

We concluded by urging Iraq to do its part in invoking the Genocide Convention, by calling for international intervention into its genocide-ravaged nation. We stated, “With this in mind, we respectfully urge you to make whatever demands or submissions necessary to the United Nations to initiate and request the international community to honor its commitments and obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

The ACLJ continues to do everything we can to mobilize the U.S. and the international community to assist Iraq and Syria in ending this genocide. Most recently, we confronted each nation comprising the United Nations Security Council. We have sent key legal letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, the U.N. Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, the 47 Member States of the U.N. Human Rights Council, and two letters to Secretary of State John Kerry. We’ve submitted key legal documents and made two oral interventions at the U.N. Human Rights Council. We also filed written observations regarding ISIS atrocities against Iraqi Christians in a case before the European Court of Human Rights. We’ve seen results as Congress, the European Parliament, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have passed genocide resolutions, Secretary Kerry recognized the “genocide against . . . Christians,” a representative of the U.N. Secretary General’s office raised the issue at the U.N. Security Council, and numerous countries called for action to protect religious minorities from ISIS genocide at the U.N. Human Rights Council.

We are currently in federal court against President Obama’s State Department over its failure to take meaningful action against the ISIS genocide. And, looking ahead, we have already engaged the incoming U.S. presidential administration on the issue.

We are grateful for your voice and your support. Join us. Be heard. Speak up for the victims of the ISIS genocide, and the survivors. Sign our petition (below and) at BeHeardProject.com.

Stop the Genocide. Protect Christians.

Persecuted Church  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

As we aggressively engage globally to defend dying Christians from genocide, every donation (even $5) makes a difference & will be MATCHED. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.

Christian Pastor - US Resident - Imprisoned in China

By CeCe Heil1542376800000

On March 5, 2017, Pastor John (Sanqiang) Cao, a 59-year-old Christian pastor and humanitarian worker, was arrested and thrown into prison by Chinese security agents in Yunnan province, China, as China continues its crackdown on Christians . Pastor John is a U.S. permanent resident from Greensboro,

read more

Christian School Students Kidnapped in Cameroon

By ACLJ.org1542314265697

Terrorist militias continue to target Christian children and students in Africa as heartbroken parents pray for help from their governments. We’ve told you about the 110 schoolgirls who were violently abducted from their school in Nigeria earlier this year. Among them was brave Christian teen Leah...

read more

More Christians Murdered by ISIS in Egypt

By ACLJ.org1541520034131

Egypt has become a deadly place where the lives of innocent Christians are in immense danger. Radical Islamic terrorists have reportedly just slaughtered 7 Christians as they were traveling by bus from a monastery. Even more disturbing is the victims were leaving the baptism of an innocent little...

read more

Christian Mom Asia Bibi Freed

By Jordan Sekulow1540989154463

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has overturned Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence for blasphemy. After a nine-year-long battle, Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, is free to go. Our team, who was present in the courtroom, has confirmed that Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar read the verdict, stating...

read more