#WeAreN2016 Congress Calls on World Leaders to Stop Persecution of Christians

(PHOTO: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER) A woman holds a cross during a rally organized by Iraqi Christians in Germany denouncing persecution by the Islamic State terror group against Christians living in Iraq, in Berlin, Aug. 17, 2014.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER)
A woman holds a cross during a rally organized by Iraqi Christians in Germany denouncing persecution by the Islamic State terror group against Christians living in Iraq, in Berlin, Aug. 17, 2014.

The ongoing #WeAreN2016 Congress, an international gathering of high level experts and witnesses being held in New York City, is calling on world leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, particularly by Islamic State and other Islamist terror groups.

“Christians account for 80 percent of persecuted minorities. They are victims of the deliberate infliction of conditions of life that are calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part,” say the organizers on the website of the congress, which began Thursday and will go on until Saturday at several locations in New York City.

“They are being murdered, beheaded, crucified, beaten, extorted, abducted, and tortured,” they say.

Being organized by CitizensGo and Mas Libres and co-sponsored by In Defense of Christians, the congress will also have witnesses testify at the United Nations headquarters “to address world leaders and call them to take action on this important issue.”

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. and Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, the permanent observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, are among the sponsors.

Christians “have been victims of summary executions,” the organizers adds. “They have been enslaved and forcibly converted to Islam. Women and girls in particular have been subjected to forms of sexual violence such as rape, and have been victims of forced marriages and human trafficking. Children have been transferred to other groups and forcibly recruited. Christian churches and religious and cultural sites have been vandalized. Christian towns, villages, and districts have been devastated.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar