Will the UK follow the US in declaring Daesh’s actions to be genocide?
A group of British Lords are campaigning for the UK government to label Daesh’s actions against minorities as genocide. (File photo)
Last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared the actions of Daesh to be genocide, and now a group of British Lords—also known as peers—want the UK government to do the same. The cross-party group aims to see an amendment made to the Immigration Bill which will label the persecution and killing of Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities by the extremist group as genocide.
So far, the UK government has refused to make such a declaration, claiming that the issue should remain in the hands of international judicial bodies. Lady Helena Kennedy, a peer who supports to amendment, stated that the government’s position is “indefensible.”
If the amendment was to pass in the vote expected on Monday, a person seeking asylum in the UK belonging to a “national, ethnical, racial or religious group” which is the victim of a genocide automatically meets the condition of asylum.
Daesh has engaged in a campaign of mass-violence against Yazidis, Christians and other minorities. Minority women have been captured by militants and used as sex slaves, while men are often killed. In addition to this, places of worship have been destroyed.
If such actions were declared to be genocide, there may be increased pressure for international involvement to stop it.
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