UN questioned over its silence on ISIS genocide against Christians

The American Center for Law and Justice has questioned the United Nations over its silence on the genocide committed by the Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities despite the filing of testimony about the militant group's atrocities in Syria and Iraq.

(REUTERS / Ali Hashisho)An Islamic State flag hangs amid electric wires over a street in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon January 19, 2016.

Several months ago, the ACLJ and its European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council urgent testimony outlining the acts of genocide that ISIS has committed against Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East. The group is now calling on the U.N. to formally declare these people as victims of genocide.

In June last year, a U.N.-mandated human rights inquiry released a report titled "They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis." In the said report, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria's chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro declared that genocide has indeed "occurred and is ongoing," the U.N. News Centre reports.

"ISIS has subjected every Yazidi woman, child or man that it has captured to the most horrific of atrocities," said Pinheiro in a press statement.

Commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn said the survivors who fled from ISIS captivity have detailed the brutal rapes they endured almost every day. They also described how they were beaten and sometimes subjected to gang rapes if they were caught trying to escape.

ACLJ laments the fact that nine months has gone by since the testimony was submitted, and yet within that period, the U.N. has not responded to its request. Moreover, ISIS continued to inflict terror upon the religious minorities within the same period of time, and the genocide victims now have to stay in refugee camps.

The ACLJ has submitted new testimony to the U.N. HRC urging the international body to take concrete steps to stop the ongoing ISIS atrocities by recognizing the Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as victims of genocide, based on the definition by The Genocide Convention.