Religious group demands UN action as ISIS' genocide against Christians Intensifies in Iraq, Syria

(Reuters/Stringer)Iraqi security forces stand with an Islamic State flag which they pulled down in the town of Hit in Anbar province, April 2, 2016.

A religious group has demanded immediate action from the United Nations (UN) as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) steps up its genocide against Christians in the Middle East.

In a letter, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) thanked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for declaring that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria. However, the group is also calling on the United States to pressure the UN into the genocide declaration and implement concrete action to address the situation, The Christian Post relays.

In addition, ACLJ is also asking the United States to communicate with the UN regarding the matter and to do everything to prompt the international community into taking "swift and decisive action." The group warns that the population of Christians in Iraq and Syria is rapidly diminishing as believers face a choice to convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax, leave their homes, or die at the hands of ISIS militants.

ISIS has slaughtered thousands of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. In addition, the terror group has enslaved and raped thousands more, and even destroyed their homes and churches.

ACLJ explains in the letter that they aim to trigger a discussion at the UN Human Rights Council session in June. The group hopes the discussion will mobilize humanitarian authorities into putting an end to the genocide of Christians.

Last month, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN, co-sponsored the presentation #WeAreN2016 to discuss the killing of Christians by ISIS. The presentation also tackled the lack of response to the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the National Catholic Register details.

"Christians account for 80% of persecuted minorities," said Archbishop Auza. "They are specifically and disproportionally targeted by 'Daesh.'"

Like the ACLJ, Archbishop Auza said the atrocities being committed by ISIS against Christians in Iraq and Syria are considered religion-based genocide. He voiced out his frustration over Western governments' apathy at the situation and their reluctance to make the genocide declaration.