Rep. Anna Eshoo: Only three times has Congress declared a genocide

Anna EshooIn March of 2016, Congress declared in unequivocal terms that the persecution of Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by ISIS constituted genocide. This was a seminal moment in the U.S. Congress because it’s only the third time in history that Congress has declared a genocide. Unfortunately, the conditions for the tens of thousands of survivors of these crimes against humanity grow worse each day.

—Rep. Anna Eshoo (D–CA)

Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, House Floor, June 6, 2017

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