No one doubts that the crimes of Daesh constitute a full-fledged genocide. But a clear condemnation from the international community was missing.
- Miguel Pérez Pichel
It is difficult to calculate the numbers of the barbarity of Daesh (also known as Islamic State) against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria (Christians, Yazidis, Shiites and other minorities), or simply against those who dissent from their extreme practices, regardless of their creed. The first-hand testimonies that reach us through witnesses who manage to flee the territory under Daesh control are very revealing: mass killings, mutilations, enslavement, rape...
In February, the European Parliament called for an end to the genocide caused by Daesh. MEPs condemned the serious human rights violations perpetrated by this terrorist group and its extermination techniques, particularly against members of religious and ethnic minorities. In March, it was US Secretary of State John Kerry who stated that Daesh's crimes against the Iraqi and Syrian population, in particular against members of religious minorities there, constitute violent genocide. Finally, in April, the House of Commons of the British Parliament approved, by 278 votes in favor and none against, to declare and confirm that a real genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities is taking place in Syria and Iraq.