Obama Claims “Genocide” has Legal Ramifications Attached to it.
Shortly after President Obama revealed why he wouldn’t call the Islamic States massive slaughter of Christian and religious minorities genocide, the European Parliament declared that the terrorist’s actions are nothing less than genocide.
According to the World Watch Monitor, the European Union’s resolution declared that “Daesh (Islamic State) commits genocide.” The resolution was passed by a show of hands from the 28 representatives of the member nations of the EU.
ADF International Director of European Union Advocacy, Sophia Kuby said, “It was high time that the European Union responded to the undeniable evidence of this genocide,”
During the previous week before this resolution was passed, the Council of Europe adopted a similar resolution.
The EU’s resolution references the Islamic States intentional targeting of Christians and other religious minorities who do not submit to Allah.
“Daesh is committing genocide against Christians and Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities, who do not agree with the so-called ISIS/Daesh interpretation of Islam,” the resolution states. “This therefore entails action under the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; underlines the fact that those who intentionally, for ethnic or religious reasons, conspire in, plan, incite, commit or attempt to commit, are complicit in or support atrocities should be brought to justice and prosecuted for violations of international law, notably war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”
Meanwhile, while Europeans are taking action against terrorism and the Islamic State, Obama explains why he will not call the mass murders genocide.
When asked, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the term “genocide” as legal ramifications.
Earnest further explained, according to TheBlaze, that lawyers are considering whether or not the term can be properly applied in this situation. He goes on to further state that the president knows that religious minorities exist in Iraq and Syria, including Christians, and that they are being targeted by ISIL terrorists due to their faith.
He goes on to further explain that it is an attack on all people of faith, and emphasizes that it is important for all of us to take a stance and speak against it.
Interestingly, while speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore and the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Obama also condemned attacks on people of faith implying that Muslims were also victims.
In an interview with TheBlaze, the Family Research Council’s Center for Religious Liberty, Travis Weber commented, “If they don’t think there is enough evidence of genocide against Christians and Yazidis, I’m not sure what they’re waiting for. This is based on a political fear. There is moral and legal weight behind calling it genocide. Under the treaty, parties must prevent and punish genocide. This is the reason for the Clinton administration’s reluctance to act in Rwanda.”
Weber clarified further by referencing that according to the United Nations 1948 anti-genocide convention/treaty, the Islamic State more than fits the label of genocide.
“Killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group and; forcibly transferring children of the group to another group,” the religious rights advocate reiterated.
Earnest, meanwhile, is still adamant that Obama’s refusal is not a reflection of his commitment to confront the terrorist group.
“This is an open question and one that continues to be considered by administration lawyers,” Earnest contended. “I can tell you that the president was quite blunt in talking about the responsibility that all people of faith have in standing up for individuals who are targeted for their faith, particularly religious minorities and particularly the people who are marginalized because of their minority status based on the religion they practice.”
Earnest also justifies Obama’s stance by stating that the jihadist group also victimizes Shia Muslims and Yazidis.
The European Union is presently urging the United Nations Security Council to examine the atrocities committed by ISIL.