Eshoo Statement on State Department Genocide Designation

March
17, 2016

WASHINGTON,
D.C.
 Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) released the following statement
after Secretary of State John Kerry determined the persecution of Christians, Yezidis,
and Shiite Muslims in Iraq and Syria is genocide.

“Today,
the United States has taken decisive and historic action by asserting that the
persecution of Christians, Yezidis, and Shiite Muslims by ISIS is genocide.”

“This
determination will elevate the incredible suffering of so many in Iraq and
Syria and unite the entire international community to end this genocide, a
crime which strikes people, cultures, societies and civilization itself.”

Representatives
Eshoo and Fortenberry (R-Neb.) co-chair the House Religious Minorities in the
Middle East Caucus and together in September 2015 introduced H. Con. Res. 75
which defines the persecution of Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and
religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as genocide. The resolution has 213
bipartisan cosponsors and passed the House by a vote of 393 to 0 on March 14,
2016.

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