The Islamic State terror group has clearly targeted Christians for ethnic cleansing, and hundreds of thousands of Christians have already fled Syria and Iraq or remain internally displaced. What can the United States, a signatory to the 1951 U.N. Genocide Convention, do to save the endangered Christians?
More than 700,000 of Syria’s Christian population of 1.1 million have been displaced by Islamic State, also known as ISIS, IS or ISIL. In Iraq, more than 125,000 Christians have fled their homes in the Nineveh Plains and are living as internally displaced people in the autonomous Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq due to attack by the Sunni terror group, which has also destroyed many historical Christian sites in the region.
The 1951 U.N. Genocide Convention calls for the protection of Christians, who are targets of nothing less than genocide.
Some U.S. representatives have been urging Congress to prevent the possible extinction of Christians.
However, a bill, H.R. 1568, the “Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act of 2015,” is yet to be moved in Congress.
It directs the Secretary of State to establish or use existing refugee processing mechanisms in Iraq and in other countries through which aliens from Iraq or Syria who have been persecuted, or have a credible fear of being persecuted, by ISIL, or a similar group, based on gender or religious or ethnic membership may apply directly to the United States Refugee Admissions Program for priority 2 refugee admission to the United States.
The bill states that the Secretary of State shall report to Congress a plan to expedite the processing of refugee admissions applications for such aliens, and implement the plan within 180 days of enactment of this Act.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post