Obama holdovers at State scrubbing references to ISIS ‘genocide’; blocking aid funds to Christians

Obama holdovers at State scrubbing references to ISIS ‘genocide’; blocking aid funds to Christians

[Ed. – It took three years for the Obama administration to acknowledge ISIS’s genocide of Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims, and others.  And with Obama holdovers at State, Congress still has yet to succeed in directing significant aid to those groups.]

The State Department’s top lawyers are systematically removing the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies. …

Richard Visek, who was appointed by President Obama as head the State Department’s Office of Legal Adviser in October 2016, is behind the decision to remove the word “genocide” from official documents, according to Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom. …

The latest moves from the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser appear aimed at rolling back then-Secretary of State John Kerry’s March 2016 genocide determination. Kerry’s much-anticipated genocide designation came after months of equivocation and detailed documentation by interested parties that the Islamic State is responsible for genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.

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