The United Nations has finally admitted that Christians are being persecuted and recently sent letters to the American Center for Law and Justice that promised to help the believers who have fallen victim to religiously motivated attacks.
According to a recent report by Aid to the Church in Need, 75 percent of the victims of religiously motivated violence and oppression were Christians, and more than half of the believers in Iraq have been driven away from their homes and were currently living as internal refugees. U.N. programs had mostly allowed Muslim refugees to seek asylum in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries, but now, the international organization has conceded that the problem of Christian persecution exists, World Net Daily reported.
In a letter to the U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, ACLJ urged the international body to acknowledge that the Islamic State had committed genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. Responding to the letter, Dieng promised that the perpetrators would be held accountable and ensured that the displaced Christians would be able to return to their hometowns safely.
In addition, Dieng said the U.N. would adopt Resolution 2379, which pushes for the establishment of an investigative team that would gather and store evidence that ISIS committed genocide and other crimes against humanity in Iraq. ACLJ said this was a sign that the U.N. will start acting on the problem of Christian persecution.
Meanwhile, the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace chairman, Bishop Oscar Cantu, talked about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa during the annual fall general meeting of bishops in Baltimore on Nov. 13. He said the persecuted believers' plight might be forgotten, so it was important that the Church help them by telling their stories, the National Catholic Reporter detailed.
In light of the issue, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops set Nov. 26 as "A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians." The event also coincides with a week-long activity called "Solidarity in Suffering" that aims to raise awareness on the issue and is set to begin on the same day.