Πανστρατιά οργανισμών και ιδιωτών ζητούν από τον Ομπάμα να αναγνωρίσει γενοκτονία μειονοτήτων από τον ISIS

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Ένας συνασπισμός 110 οργανισμών και ιδιωτών απέστειλε επιστολή προς τον Αμερικανό Πρόεδρο Ομπάμα ζητώντας του να αναγνωρίσει τα εγκλήματα που διαπράχθηκαν από ISIS σε βάρος των μειονοτήτων στη Μέση Ανατολή ως γενοκτονία.

Η κυβέρνηση Ομπάμα και το Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ των ΗΠΑ έχουν επισημάνει ότι μόνο τα εγκλήματα που διαπράχθηκαν από ISIS κατά tvn Yazidis θα οριστούν ως γενοκτονία. Η επιστολή καλεί τον Πρόεδρο Ομπάμα να ορίσει τις ενέργειες του ISIS ως γενοκτονία για όλες τις ομάδες, όχι μόνο τους Yazidis, λέγοντας «κ Πρόεδρε, σας καλώ να ορίσετε τις ενέργειες που διαπράττονται από το Ισλαμικό Κράτος στο Ιράκ και τη Συρία κατά των χριστιανών – Ασσυρίων / Χαλδαίων / Συρίων, Κοπτών, κλπ – Yazidis, Σιιτών Μουσουλμάνων, Τουρκμενων (σιίτες), Shabak και άλλες θρησκευτικές μειονότητες ως γενοκτονία. «
 

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February 17, 2016President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We write as an informal and diverse group of non-governmental organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious leaders, and human rights advocates to urge you to declare the Islamic State’s systematic destruction of the ancient religious minority communities in Iraq and Syria including Christians–Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Copts, etc.–Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Turkmen (Shia), Shabak and others to be genocide. Last October the International Religious Freedom Roundtable wrote to you regarding the genocide that is taking place and since that time the Islamic State has continued its reign of terror and destruction.

There is a growing chorus of political and faith leaders, genocide scholars, human rights experts and numerous Iraqi and Syrian, Christian and Yazidi firsthand testimonies recognizing that the most accurate description for the atrocities unfolding at the initiative of the Islamic State is genocide. On December 29, 2015, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, stated, “I am now sure we have enough evidence, what is happening is genocide deliberately aimed at destroying lives and wiping out the existence of Christians and other religious minorities.” We believe that without a formal declaration the U.S. Government has abdicated its duty and vow to confront the most heinous of human rights violations, namely genocide.

As you are aware, the Omnibus bill that you signed into law on December 18, 2015, contains a provision requiring Secretary Kerry to provide an evaluation to Congress of “the persecution of, including attacks against, Christians and people of other religions in the Middle East” and determine whether such attacks constitute genocide. This report is required within 90 days from the passage of the bill. Between now and March 16, 2016, your Administration has a tremendous opportunity to extend American leadership at a crucial time on behalf of the ancient religious and ethnic minority communities who are experiencing the most brutal reality imaginable — genocide.

In their most recent report, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq — Human Rights Office stated clearly that “ISIL continue to target members of different ethnic and religious communities,” expounding further “[t]hese acts appear to form part of a systematic and widespread policy that aims to suppress, permanently expel, or destroy many of these communities within ISIL areas of control.”

On February 4, 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution designating the crimes the Islamic State has committed against ethnic and religious minorities as genocide. In the declaration, they remind other signatories of the 1948 U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to acknowledge the crimes of the Islamic State and to coordinate with the larger international community. At this critical juncture, a designation of genocide by the United States would strengthen the actions of the international community and further extend American leadership.

Given the growing preponderance of evidence, it is now possible to categorically affirm that the Islamic State clearly demonstrates intent as well as acts based upon that intent to commit genocide against Christians–Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Copts, etc.–Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Turkmen (Shia), Shabak and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Illustrating this intent, for example, in October 2014 in the fourth issue of Dabiq, the Islamic State’s propaganda magazine, they featured a cover photo showing a black Islamic State flag flying over the Vatican and wrote:

And so we promise you [O crusaders] by Allah’s permission that this campaign will be your final campaign. It will be broken and defeated, just as all your previous campaigns were broken and defeated, except that this time we will raid you thereafter, and you will never raid us. We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market” [Indeed Your Lord Is Ever Watchful].

More recently, in November 2015, Dabiq again restated the intention of the Islamic State:

And nothing changes for the Islamic State, as it will continue to pronounce takfir upon the Jews, the Christians, the pagans, and the apostates from the Rafidah, the Nusayriyyah, the Sahwah, and the tawaghit. It will continue to wage war against the apostates until they repent from apostasy. It will continue to wage war against the pagans until they accept Islam. It will continue to wage war against the Jewish state until the Jews hide behind their gharqad trees. And it will continue to wage war against the Christians until the truce decreed sometime before the Malhamah. Thereafter, the slave markets will commence in Rome by Allah’s power and might.

These statements of intent are matched with well-documented acts of destruction based upon that intent. This includes kidnapping, raping and enslaving Christian and Yazidi women; beheading Christians who refuse conversion; mass Yazidi graves; pillaging and wiping out traditional Christian and Yazidi communities; and destroying places of Christian and Yazidi worship, some of which had been in operation for more than one thousand years.

Designating the crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as genocide against Christians–Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Copts, etc.–Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Turkmen (Shia), Shabak and other religious minority communities would build upon your 2015 National Security Strategy which acknowledges, “We have a strong interest in leading an international response to genocide and mass atrocities when they arise, recognizing options are more extensive and less costly when we act preventively before situations reach crisis proportions.” And which further promises, “We will work with the international community to prevent and call to account those responsible for the worst human rights abuses, including through support to the International Criminal Court, consistent with U.S. law and our commitment to protecting our personnel. Moreover, we will continue to mobilize allies and partners to strengthen our collective efforts to prevent and respond to mass atrocities using all our instruments of national power.”

Such a designation would further support your December 23, 2015, “Statement on Persecuted Christians at Christmas” where you rightly noted, “In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL.”

Mr. President, we urge you to designate the actions perpetrated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria against Christians–Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Copts, etc.–Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Turkmen (Shia), Shabak and other religious minorities as genocide. Time and again the Islamic State has committed crimes with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, the ethnic and religious minority communities of Iraq and Syria. The world is watching and clear moral leadership by your Administration is needed to declare and subsequently stop such atrocities in order to preserve these ancient communities. It is our belief that officially declaring and subsequently halting this genocide is a matter of vital moral and strategic importance for the United States, the international community, and the overall state of religious freedom around the world.

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully,

Chris Seiple
President Emeritus, Institute for Global Engagement
Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable

Greg Mitchell
President, The Mitchell Firm
Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable

Organizations

21St Century Wilberforce Initiative
American Mesopotamian Organization
American Syriac Union
Americans For Democracy And Human Rights In Bahrain
Armenian National Committee Of America
Assyrian American National Federation
Assyrian Universal Alliance, Americas Chapter
Beth Nahrain Organization For Women Iraq
Bethnahrin Patriotic Union Iraq
Boat People Sos
Center For Inquiry
Church Of Scientology National Affairs Office
Coptic Solidarity
Dwekh Nawsha Assyrian Army
European Syriac Union
Freemuslim Association
Hindu American Foundation
In Defense Of Christians (Idc)
Institute For Global Engagement
Institute On Religion And Democracy
International Christian Concern
International Institute For Religious Freedom
Iraqi Christian Relief Council
Jubilee Campaign Usa
Nineveh Council Of America
Patriot Voices
Philos Project
Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church Of America
Shai Fund
Shia Rights Watch
Syriac National Council Of Syria
Syriac Union Party Syria
Syriac Women Union Syria
Syriac Youth Union Syria
United Macedonian Diaspora
Universal Syriac Union Party Lebanon
World Without Genocide At Mitchell Hamline School Of Law
Zentrum Für Politische Schönheit

Individuals, with title and organization for identification purposes

C Naseer Ahmad
Sarah AK Ahmed
Director of Operations
The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East
Mustafa Akhwand
Executive Director
Shia Rights Watch
Dr. Abid Thyab al Ajeeli
Former Minister of Higher Education
Iraq
Nazar Alhaidar
Vice President
Iraqi Minorities Council
George Allen
Former Governor of Virginia & US Senator
Ismael Alsodani
Nahren Anweya
Assyrian Christian Activist
Sabri Atman
President
Assyrian Genocide Research Center
Father Behnam Benoka
President Erbil-Iraq
Humanitarian Nineveh Relief Organization
Janet Saleem Benjamin
Etana Woman Organization
Iraq
Peter BetBasoo
Founder and Editor
Assyrian International News Agency
Mark Burr
Basye, VA
Dr. Amjad Chaudhry
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow
Asian Studies Center
The Heritage Foundation
Robert A. Destro
Professor of Law & Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion
Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America
Steven Emerson
Founder and Executive Director
The Investigative Project on Terrorism
Ashur Sargon Eskrya
AAS-Iraq President
Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since 2011
Will Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations
Home School Legal Defense Association
Thomas Farr
Director, Religious Freedom Project
Georgetown University
John P. Gallagher
President & CEO
Institute for Global Engagement
Jeff Gardner
Founder
The Picture Christians Project
Chris Gersten
Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Department of Health and Human Services
Khalid Haider
Parkersburg, WV
Omar Haider
Parkersburg, WV
Aram Hamparian
Executive Director
Armenian National Committee of America
Allen D. Hertzke
David Ross Boyd Professor
University of Oklahoma
Pete Hoekstra
Shillman Senior Fellow
The Investigative Project on Terrorism
Former Chairman House Intelligence Committee
Lauren B. Homer
Attorney At Law
Homer International Law
Law and Liberty Trust
Martha Hudson
International Humanitarian
Mirza Ismail
Founder
Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International
Farahnaz Ispahani
Author, Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities
Former Member, Parliament of Pakistan
Dr. Sargoun Issa
Restore Nineveh Now Foundation
Jim Jacobson
President
Christian Freedom International
Byron Johnson, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences
Director, Institute for Studies of Religion
Director, Program on Prosocial Behavior
Joseph T Kassab
Founder and president
The Iraqi Christians Advocacy and Empowerment Institute
Ziyad Sh. Khalaf
Yazidi Activist
Yazidi Youth Union General Consul
Magdi Khalil
Executive Director
Middle East Freedom Forum-Cairo-Washington DC
Father Benedict Kiely
Founder
Nasarean.org
David William Lazar
Chairman
American Mesopotamian Organization
Nadine Maenza
Executive Director
Patriot Voices
Idrees Maleel
Assyrian Democratic Movement
Erbil Iraq
Paul Marshall
Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom
The Hudson Institute
Brent McBurney
President & CEO
Advocates International
Faith J. H. McDonnell
Director, Religious Liberty Program
The Institute on Religion and Democracy
Louay Mikhael
Head of Foreign Relations Committee
The Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council
Sister Diana Momeka
Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena, Iraq
Johnnie Moore
Author of Defying ISIS
Board Member: World Help, National Association of Evangelicals, and the World Evangelical Alliance
Russell Moore
President
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Scott Morgan
President
Red Eagle Enterprises
Brian C. Murphy
Attorney at Law
Douglas Napier
Executive Director
ADF International
Robert Nicholson
Executive Director
The Philos Project
Brian O’Connell
President & CEO
REACT Services
Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
Professor Frank Ramaizel
Visiting Scholar
World Engagement Institute
Tina Ramirez
Founder & Executive Director
Hardwired
Robert R. Reilly
Westminster Institute
Scott Rye
Chairman
American Foundation for Relief & Reconciliation in the Middle East
Sargis Sangari
CEO
Near East Center for Strategic Engagement
Nina Shea
Director, Center for Religious Freedom
Hudson Institute
Khaled Shingali
Sinjar, Iraq
Greg Stanton
President
Genocide Watch
Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
President
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
William C. Walsh
Human Rights Attorney
Bisceglie & Walsh
Pascale Warda
President
Hammurabi Human Rights Organization (HHRO)
William Warda
President
Alliance of Iraqi Minorities (AIM)
Olivia Warham
Director
Waging Peace
Gene Yoho
Compiled Technologies
Davisville, WV
Emanuel Khoshaba Youkhana
Assyrian Patriotic Party
Iraq
William Youmaran
President
Assyrian American National Federation
Dr. Ali Akram Zainalabdeen
Chief
Turkmen Rescue Foundation (T.R.F.)
Baghdad, Iraq 



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