This resolution would declare that those who are committing atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq are committing “war crimes”, “crimes against humanity”, and “genocide”. Among the ethnic and religious groups that have been targeted by the so-called Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) include Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka’e, and Kurds.
The resolution calls for the United Nations (U.N.) and the Secretary-General to call the atrocities war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. It also reminds all 147 countries that have ratified the Genocide Convention of their obligations under that treaty, especially the governments of countries and their citizens that are in anyway supporting these crimes. Further, it adds that the member states of the U.N. should collaborate with Arab states that want to uphold religious freedom to prevent further war crimes and genocide, while also establishing tribunals to punish those responsible.
The governments of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and other countries are commended by this resolution for having provided shelter and protection to those fleeing extremist violence.
Additionally, this resolution calls for the prosecution of those who force religious communities to flee from their ancestral homelands in the Nineveh Plain and Mount Sinjar under local and international law.
As a concurrent resolution, this legislation could be taken up by the Senate after being passed in the House, but it wouldn't have the force of law if approved by both chambers.