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U.S. condemns genocide committed against Christians by Islamic State and Boko Haram

2016-08-11

The United States calls the Islamic State and Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group associated with Daesh, "one of the most egregious violators of religious freedom in the world.”

These were the statements made in an annual report by the United States Department of State on international religious freedom. The paper analyzes the degree of freedom of religion that exists in every country, by studying their laws and their governments.

The U.S. government has already commented on other occasions on this "genocide” against religious minorities being committed by the Islamic State. International organizations such as Aid to the Church in Need agree that using this more forthright term can help shed light on the situation of persecuted religious minorities.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need, Italy
"It is our duty to recognize the genocide at an international level, at the level of the European Union, which has already recognized it, and at a country level, because recognizing this drama is the first step to mobilizing and intervening.”

The report warns about the terrorist group Boko Haram, which is gaining strength in numbers and committing more atrocities in sub-Saharan Africa.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need, Italy
"Last year, a report issued a statement classifying the Boko Haram as the world's deadliest terrorist organization, with the highest number of deaths. In addition, Boko Haram not only commits their acts in Nigeria, but we have evidence that they have spread to Niger, Cameroon and Chad, and they need to be stopped.”

The report also criticized some European governments, such as Hungary and Slovakia, for attempting to discriminate against refugees because of their religious beliefs.


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