State Dept removing and preventing use of word “genocide” re ISIS slaughter of Christians? |: Human rights activists are applauding Secretary of State Tillerson for using the term genocide for the first time to describe the Islamic State’s mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq.
The activists and attorneys who have lobbied hard on the issue say Tillerson is now using the term after months of equivocation and after Obama-appointed State Department lawyers had removed or prevented the use of the word genocide in official speeches and other documents.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Thursday told reporters that Tillerson “firmly believes” that ISIS is responsible for genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic minorities in Iraq.
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