Early day motion 1008

GENOCIDE IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

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Total number of signatures: 54

Ahmed-Sheikh, Tasmina Black, Mhairi Blackford, Ian Blackman, Bob
Boswell, Phil Bottomley, Peter Bruce, Fiona Campbell, Gregory
Campbell, Ronnie Chapman, Douglas Cooper, Rosie Crawley, Angela
Cunningham, Jim Day, Martyn Dodds, Nigel Durkan, Mark
Edwards, Jonathan Elliott, Tom Flello, Robert Gethins, Stephen
Glindon, Mary Goodman, Helen Grady, Patrick Gray, Neil
Hermon, Lady Hopkins, Kelvin Kerevan, George Kinahan, Danny
Law, Chris Lewis, Julian Lucas, Caroline MacNeil, Angus
Main, Anne McDonnell, Alasdair McKinnell, Catherine Meale, Alan
Monaghan, Carol Monaghan, Paul Mulholland, Greg Mullin, Roger
Newlands, Gavin Nicolson, John Paterson, Steven Pugh, John
Ritchie, Margaret Robinson, Gavin Saville Roberts, Liz Shannon, Jim
Simpson, David Stephens, Christopher Streeting, Wes Tami, Mark
Vaz, Valerie Wilson, Corri

That this House is appalled by the beheadings, crucifixions, shootings, burnings, other murders, torture, rape and extensive violence being perpetrated by Daesh or IS against Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq on the basis of religion and ethnicity; observes that this disgusting behaviour clearly falls within the definition of genocide as determined by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide; notes the recent report from the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Protection of Civilians in the Armed Conflict in Iraq, which concludes that Daesh is holding approximately 3,500 slaves, mostly women and children in Iraq, primarily from the Yazidi community, and describes Daesh's systematic and widespread violence as staggering, concluding that these acts amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide; and calls on the Government to use all its influence at the UN to create a stated consensus that genocide is indeed being perpetrated so that the provisions of the Convention can urgently, legitimately and effectively be invoked and implemented.