Bishop Angaelos on the US State Department Declaration of Genocide Against Religious Minorities in the Middle East


Bishop Angaelos
His Grace, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Church

Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom following the United States State Department declaration of Genocide for Christians, Yazidis, Shiite Muslims and other minorities in the Middle East

17 March 2016

We have received very welcomed but unexpected news today from the United States of America, through Secretary of State John Kerry, acknowledging that ISIS “is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control including Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims”.

This announcement has come after individuals and organisations in the United States, some of which I have personally worked with, have advocated tirelessly to shed light on this important issue of human suffering and the violation of human dignity.

Through this recognition, an important precedent has been set demonstrating that the international community has real concern for those who have suffered and continue to suffer under these conditions, and that we will work together to ensure, to the best of our ability, that these atrocities are not repeated. This also sends a very clear message to all those suffering: Yazidis, Christians, Shia and others, that we not only feel their pain, but that we stand together to recognise their suffering and support them in whatever way we can.

This is a significant step, that follows the European Union recognition of Genocide, that I hope will encourage Her Majesty’s Government to also recognise these unacceptable acts of Genocide against vulnerable communities in the Middle East.

Today is a day of thanksgiving; a day on which we recognise those who have worked tirelessly on this issue, and a day in which we remember those who continue to suffer. It is also a day in which we recognise the sanctity and dignity of God-given human life, and that the violation of either of these is a violation against us all.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

3 thoughts on “Bishop Angaelos on the US State Department Declaration of Genocide Against Religious Minorities in the Middle East”

  1. E salutar ca in sfirsit departamentul de stat s-a hotarit. Nu stiu de ce le-a trebuti atita? Adica stiu! Precedenta Adminsitrati -Bush- oriunde erau semnalati crestini persecutati actionau in favoarea lor. Actuala administratie daor cind nu mai are iesire ridica probleme persecutie (in afara celor de interes pt LBGT). Dumnezeu sa se indure in saptamina patimilor (pt catolici, protestanti si evanghelici) de cei persecutati pt Numele Domnului.


  2. Va inteleg. Simt acelasi lucru despre Obama. Sarbatori fericite daca cumva mergeti la copii de Paste.
    PS- Despre crestini. Actuala administratie a refuzat sa catalogheze crestinii din Irac drept persecutati pretinzind ca niciodata America n-a discriminat pe motive religioase; acestia pierzind astfel dreptul la emigrare in US. Nu e adevarata pretentia Administratiei; o stim amindoi pt ca baptistii din Ro si Moldova au primit azil ca si religie persecutata. Birocratia e buna ca sa acopere minicuni. Anul trecut au emigrat 2 personane in toata America pt ca erau crestini persecutati (probabil pe baza unor catalogari mai vechi, dosarul fiind ramas in urma din cauza blocajului agentiei de emigrare).


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