'If this is not genocide, what is?'
These words spoken by Stephen Pound MP in the recent House of Commons debate speak volumes. The systematic attacks, rooted in 'the very nature of their ideology' and undertaken by Da'esh have seen millions of people leave their homes with many tens of thousands dead or missing.
Yesterday in Parliament, the House of Commons voted to support the motion that the action of Da'esh are indeed genocide, and call on the government to act. Whilst the debate and vote are symbolic they add weight and pressure to the UK government and the international community to investigate and where necessary seek legal recourse for these evil actions.
In opening the debate, Fiona Bruce MP, called on her colleagues to remember the pledge made each year in memory of the holocaust - 'never again' - and yet here again were MPs debating the actions of people being genocidal towards their fellow man.
She implored ‘…if colleagues believe that the depravities of Daesh are being undertaken with genocidal intent, we have already waited far too long to recognise it’.
The debate also recognised that the persectuion by Da'esh is against all those who differ from their warped view; ‘Yazidis and Christians have been targeted explicitly because of their religion and ethnicity. It is not just them, but Alawites, Shi’as, Shabaks and Mandaeans’.
‘Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions’ she added. She concluded that the House and the international community had a duty to act: 'it is about doing justice and seeing it done'
The motion was carried with no one voting against. We would like to thank all those who have taken this meaningful symbolic step, calling on the UK government to lead action internationally, not only to end this awful persecution of minorities, but to bring those responsible to account.
The full debate and voting record can be found via Hansard online.
That this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls on the Government to make an immediate referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.