Time: 6:31 p.m. CEST
The United States says the Islamic State group has committed genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, the Secretary of State John Kerry said that Islamic State group was “Genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions.” Kerry explained the group was responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in areas in controls in Syria and Iraq.
A lack of access to Islamic State group areas results in not heaving “complete picture” of the atrocities. Kerry said the U.S. would “strongly support” an independent international investigation. “The fact is that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians, Yazidis because they are Yazidis, Shia because they are Shia,” Kerry said.
Kerry’s statement is in the framework of a congressional deadline of March 17 to say of the Islamic State group’s actions are genocide. Earlier, Congress voted 393-0 to describe the crimes as genocide. As Kerry said, the vote, do not obligate the U.S. to undertake action. The U.S. administration declared genocide in Darfur, when then-Secretary of State Colin Powel used the term in 2004.