UK Parliament Declares Yazidis, Christians as ISIS Genocide Victims

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British Parliament

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LONDON—British lawmakers voted Wednesday to urge the government to recognize the Islamic State jihadist group’s attacks on minorities in Iraq and Syria as genocide, Agence France-Presse reports.

Members of parliament unanimously approved the motion – which is not binding on the government – by 278 votes to zero.

The vote in the 650-seat lower House of Commons calls on ministers to accept formally that IS actions against Christian, Yazidi and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq constitute genocide.

But Foreign Office junior minister Tobias Ellwood, who has specific responsibility for the Middle East, said it was up to the courts rather than the government to make such a judgement.

“I believe genocide has taken place, but as the prime minister (David Cameron) has said, genocide is a matter of legal rather than political opinion,” Ellwood said.

MPs from all parties urged Britain to use its position as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to get the situation referred to the International Criminal Court.


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  1. Sylva~MD~poetry said:

    First….English parliament recognize Armenian genocide ….

    Playwright and Prophet of
    The Armenian Genocide
    “Shakespeare the god of plays;
    I heartily call him to place his play
    better than calling a God, who can no longer
    tolerate to hear each wounded sound””

    I wish Shakespeare saw these massacres from the rear,
    A catalyst, perhaps, for him to perform plays for his peers;

    Then all Anglo-Saxons would intellectually hark,
    Declaring, ““Genocide was real in heaven’’s park!””

    Proof, left alone so long, needed our injured pens.
    As all creatures declined to utter even a respectful phrase.

    Skills paralyzed . . . unable even
    To collect the innocent’’s smashed skulls.
    Those who ended their lethargic heart-beats
    By pounding their feet soundless . . . on
    The cultured Istanbul’’s pavements . . .
    Sighing under their artful bridges . . .
    A place alleged to be civilized!

    After all, most of our ancestors are dying away . . .
    Our scars must guide us
    To conquer the rocked ways.

    (C) Sylva Portoian,MD
    July 31, 2010
    From my Poetry collection…”My Son-My Sun…” of june 2011
    You can open and read some of the proses…
    without paying …It is in Amazon…and others…
    May be English MPs forgotten his name…they are busy …as they forgot Armenian genocide…
    May be the young MPs are more humane have more feelings toward Armenian cause…
    *William Shakespeare (1564-1616): an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’’s preeminent dramatist. He is often called England’’s national poet and the ““Bard of Avon.”” His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

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