Stop the Genocide

Since mid-2014, ISIS has been conducting a well-documented campaign of terror across Syria and Iraq against religious minority groups such as Christians, Yazidis, and Shias.

While military progress is made against ISIS in places like Mosul, we want the Australian Parliament to recognise the ISIS attacks on Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as genocide.

With your help, the Stop the Genocide campaign will change this. 

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria concluded that ISIS has committed the crime of genocide. The UN Human Rights Council has also condemned the systematic violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by the so-called “Islamic State”.

The US Congress, US State Department, European Parliament, Council of Europe, UK House of Commons and the French Foreign Minister have all declared that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh or “so-called Islamic State” has committed genocide.

However, the Australian Parliament and the UN Security Council are yet to do so.

That’s why your support for the Stop the Genocide campaign is so important. Stand up for those without a voice by completing the petition form today:

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Together we will make the voice of the vulnerable religious minorities of Iraq and Syria heard

But this can only happen when thousands of friends like you support the Stop the Genocide campaign.

 

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Having Islamic State’s crimes accepted as genocide by the Australian Parliament isn’t semantics.  If passed, such a motion would increase the existing pressure on the international community to take stronger action to prevent further atrocities and punish the perpetrators.   

No nation will be able to claim that what is happening in Iraq and Syria is not their concern. It will also mean that those guilty of committing these crimes may one day face justice in the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

What is genocide?

According to the 1948 UN Convention, genocide is defined as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such:

  1. Killing members of the group;
  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Evidence for Genocide

There is clear evidence that genocide is being perpetrated by Islamic State (ISIS) against minority communities including Iraqi and Syrian Christians, Yazidis, and other vulnerable groups. This genocide includes:

  • Assassinations of church leaders
  • Mass murders
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping for ransom
  • Sexual enslavement and systematic rape of girls and women
  • Forcible conversion to Islam
  • Destruction of churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and religious artefacts
  • Theft of lands and wealth from minority groups

ISIS has made its own public statements taking “credit” for mass murder of Christians and other minorities, and expressing its intent to eliminate Christian communities from the region.

How does the Stop the Genocide campaign work?

We will collate all the responses received and present this to Australian House of Representatives. When the Australian Parliament sees the groundswell of support from their constituents, we’re confident they will then take up this case with the UN.