Fortenberry Commends Genocide Designation

Mar 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) made the following statement after Secretary of State John Kerry designated ISIS action against Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide. 

“I commend Secretary Kerry and the State Department for making this important designation. The genocide against Christians, Yezidis, and others is not only a grave injustice to these ancient faith communities — it is an assault on human dignity and an attack on civilization itself. The United States has now spoken with clarity and moral authority.

“I sincerely hope that the genocide designation will raise international consciousness, end the scandal of silence, and create the preconditions for the protection and reintegration of these ancient faith communities into their ancestral homelands. Christians, Yezidis, Shia Muslim minorities, and others, including Sunni Muslim communities who have suffered grievous harm, remain an essential part of the Middle East's rich tapestry of religious and ethnic diversity. They now have new cause for hope.” 

On Monday, Fortenberry’s bipartisan genocide resolution passed the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 393-0.  

Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and is co-chair of the Religious Minorities of the Middle East Caucus. He represents America’s largest Yezidi community.

###