A devastating report released by the Knights of Columbus deatils the extent of ISIS crimes. Their conclusion? ISIS is engaged in a genocide against the region's ancient Christian minorities. As Lifezette notes:
One week before the State Department must announce if Islamic State atrocities against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are genocide, a 278-page report has been released documenting that Christians there do face genocide.
“We now stand on the cusp of another historic decision,” stated Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, who released the report along with the advocacy group In Defense of Christians, at the National Press Club on Thursday.
The organization, along with others, paints a horrific picture. As noted:
The report lists many acts of violence, displacement, theft, hostage-taking, and sexual slavery, but new reports are surfacing daily, Anderson said" "As comprehensive as this report is, we believe that it may only be the tip of the iceberg."
For instance, according to credible reports in the last two days, Anderson said the number of Christian women enslaved by the Islamic State in Iraq’s Nineveh province is seven times the previous estimate.
"Over and over again, we have found that as bad as we know things are and have been, the facts are worse, and the atrocities are more numerous," he added.
The report is the result of a fact-finding mission to Iraq and contains a legal brief sent to Kerry as well as extensive documentation and testimonies of victims of Islamic State militants. It contains new stories "the world has not heard," In Defense of Christians president Toufic Baaklini stated.
We're skeptical, but we hope John Kerry and President Obama do the right thing for a change. The world's most persecuted minorities lives are at stake.