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Eshoo Statement on Anniversary of Religious Minorities Genocide Resolution

March 14th, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) released a statement following the one-year anniversary of the House passing her bipartisan resolution with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), which defined the persecution of Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as genocide.

“On this day last year the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously sent a message around the world by declaring that the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

“The passage of this resolution is deeply meaningful to me as this genocide is a repeat of what my family endured. My grandparents were persecuted and driven from the Middle East because they were Christians.

“The anniversary of this resolution is also a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done. We are still seeing the systematic extermination of the world’s oldest Christian and minority communities in the Middle East. The United States must continue to work to provide humanitarian aid, hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable, and provide faster refugee processing for these most vulnerable communities.”

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