Tillerson: It's Still Genocide Against Christians, Yazidis

Tillerson: It's Still Genocide Against Christians, Yazidis

07-31-2017
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The on-again, off-again genocide determination for Middle East Christians and Yazidis is on-again.

That word comes from religious freedom lawyer and expert Nina Shea, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute.

Late last week, reports surfaced that some lawyers at the State Department had ordered that all genocide references describing the Islamic State's mass extermination of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities be removed from official government documents.

That caused an uproar from human rights advocates and some Trump supporters who thought the president was a friend of persecuted Christians and Yazidis in the Middle East.

Shortly afterwards, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to maintaining the genocide determination. 

Shea talks about that on The Global Lane and the lack of U.S. taxpayer dollars going to help Christian refugees in Syria and Iraq.

More than $1-billion has been approved by the U.S. Congress for refugee assistance, yet only $10-million has been allocated for persecuted Christians and Yazidis—victims of genocide at the hands of ISIS. Shea says very little of the $10-million has actually been received by those in need.

Also, what does she think of President Trump's appointment of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as the nation's next Ambassador at-large for Religious Freedom? Might his hands be tied by the same Obama Administration holdovers at Foggy Bottom?

Watch our Where in the World segment for some insights.

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