Clinton: Islamic State persecution of Christians, Yazidis, a genocide

by Reuters
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 03:11 GMT

Yazidi refugees stand behind fences as they wait for the arrival of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie at a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp in the southern Turkish town of Midyat in Mardin province, Turkey, June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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What is happening is genocide deliberately aimed at wiping out the existence of Christians and other religious minorities

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By Amanda Becker

Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said that Islamic State violence against Christians, Iraqi Yazidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East was genocide.

"I think I was asked this a couple months ago, and I said that term carries with it legal import, it is a very important concept and label for behavior that deserves that name," Clinton said at a town hall in Berlin, New Hampshire, when asked about the Islamic State's killing of Christians, Yazidis, Kurdish Muslims and other religious minorities in the region.

"I am now sure we have enough evidence, what is happening is genocide deliberately aimed at destroying lives and wiping out the existence of Christians and other religious minorities," Clinton said.

Islamic State has targeted and killed members of the Yazidi religion, one of the oldest in Iraq, along with Christians and other religious minorities in the region it controls in the Middle East.

The administration of President Barack Obama is weighing whether to designate Islamic State violence a genocide and which religious minorities would be covered by such a designation.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech and Michael Perry)

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