Islamic State: Yazidis:Written question - 26922

Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)

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Asked on: 10 February 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Islamic State: Yazidis
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government recognises the killing of the Yazidis by Daesh as genocide.
Answered by: Mr Philip Hammond
Answered on: 22 February 2016

I condemn the atrocities committed by Daesh against all civilians, including Christians, Mandeans, Yezidis and other minorities, as well as the majority Muslim population in Iraq and Syria who continue to bear the brunt of Daesh’s brutality.

It is a long-standing policy of successive governments that any judgements on whether genocide has occurred are a matter for the international judicial system rather than governments or other non-judicial bodies.

Ultimately, the best way of preventing future atrocities is to defeat Daesh and its violent ideology.

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