TGC Explains: The Genocide Declaration

Joe Carter and Ryan Reeves | March 18, 2016

Earlier this week the U.S. government made two important announcements declaring the actions of Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria to be genocide under international law.

This TGC Explains video highlights three things you should know about the genocide declaration.

Addendum: Here are some key quotes from Secretary Kerry’s speech:

My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions—in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities.

I say this even though the ongoing conflict and lack of access to key areas has made it impossible to develop a fully detailed and comprehensive picture of all that Daesh is doing and all that it has done. We have not been able to compile a complete record. I think that’s obvious on its face; we don’t have access to everywhere. But over…

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