ICC Note: The European Parliament is bringing Christian persecution in Africa and around the world to the forefront. The governing body passed a resolution with overwhelming support offering condolences to the families of the 148 victims of the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa, Kenya, April 2. The resolution calls Christians the “most persecuted religious group in the world,” citing that more than 150,000 Christians are killed each year for their faith.
5/1/15 Strasbourg, France (European Parliament News) – The EU should launch a military training mission in Kenya and supply equipment to the Kenyan army and police to help halt the spread of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, say MEPs on a resolution voted on Tuesday. It should also make it a priority to address the persecution of Christians, they add. This follows Al-Shabaab’s 2 April attack on Kenya’s Garissa University, which killed 147 Christian students and injured 79 others.
In a resolution passed by 578 votes to 31, with 34 abstentions, MEPs condemn the terrorist attacks and convey their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Kenya.