MPs pass historic ‘genocide motion’ against ISIS
A historic motion was passed by the majority of MPs calling on the UK Government ‘to make an immediate referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court.’
The UK Government, unless it refuses Parliament’s decision, must now draft a motion to go before the UN Security Council, to the effect that the International Criminal Court can begin proceedings against Daesh fighters accused of committing genocidal acts. The motion should then be voted on by the UN Security Council, requiring a unanimous vote.
Speaking after the debate, Fiona Bruce MP, Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, who had brought the motion before the House, said: ‘The acts being committed by Daesh against religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria, including Yazidis and Christians, are unspeakably barbaric, and would be hard to truly believe if we did now have harrowing first-hand eyewitness accounts. These actions are not random – they are, as Daesh have publically said, part of a strategy to destroy minority communities in Iraq and Syria. That is the definition of genocide, and so it is right that the UK Parliament has passed this motion unanimously today, following on from the US Government’s recent statement that they consider Daesh’s actions to constitute genocide. It is now the Government’s responsibility to make a referral to the UN Security Council as soon as possible, and we look forward to the Foreign Office confirming its intention to do this in the very near future.’
During the debate, Fiona Bruce MP said: I put it to the House that never before during a genocide has the international community had such a full record of what was happening.
As Lord Alton of Liverpool, to whom I pay tribute to for his work on this, has said, if we do not recognise this as a genocide, ‘we might as well rip up the Genocide Convention as a worthless piece of paper. If what is happening to groups like the Yazidis and Assyrian Christians doesn’t meet the high technical standard of what constitutes a genocide, it’s hard to imagine what would.’
As a consequence of the evidence, meticulously compiled by NGOs, activists and the United Nations, no fewer than seven resolutions have been passed around the world, condemning the actions of Daesh as genocide, including the Council of Europe in January, the European Parliament in February, and the US House of Representatives in March this year, following which the US Secretary of State John Kerry made an announcement confirming the position of the US Government, stating: ‘Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions.’ If this is the position of the US Government, why is it not the position of our own?Tags: gencocide, ISIS