The European Parliament voted today (February 4, 2016) to designate the atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against religious and ethnic minorities as genocide, according to the OBL News (The Orthodox Church Info Blog) website.
The resolution passed by an overwhelming majority.
Formal genocide recognition places legal obligations on all countries who are signatories to the genocide convention to take action.
The resolution condemns ISIS and its human rights abuses against Christians and others who do not agree with its interpretation of Islam. It adds that these violations amount to "war crimes," "crimes against humanity," and "genocide," according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).