Austria is among one of the first nations to formally recognize ISIS atrocities against Christians as genocide. However, Austria has taken the next step by creating a plan to help victims. The plan includes establishing “safe zones” and expanding military efforts. At least 50% of Christians have fled Iraq and Syria since 2011. For many Christians the decision to leave was an accumulation of factors with violence being the tipping point. As an international Christian community, we have a responsibility to help those who have been persecuted for their faith.
06/22/2017 Syria (Christian Post) – Austria has become one of the first countries in the world to not only formally recognize the genocide being committed against Christians in Iraq and Syria, but also to advance a seven-point plan aimed at helping victims.
The American Center for Law and Justice reported on Tuesday that the Austrian National Council formally recognized earlier in June the “heinous atrocities” being committed by the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities, and committed itself to carrying out at least three steps of a seven-point plan to help those who are displaced.
“Austria has become one of the first countries to take a decisive stand,” the ACLJ wrote, calling it a “major step forward” in the conservative group’s campaign to rescue followers of Christ.
The legal group launched its seven-point plan last year, the details of which are available on the ACLJ website, and has urged U.N. member states to join the fight against genocide.
The plan in question calls for the establishment of in-region “safe zones” for genocide victims fleeing radical terror, along with expanding military efforts as part of the international coalition to defeat IS.