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The House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 6 passed a bill – co-sponsored by local Congressmember Dan Donovan – that supports religious minorities affected by ISIS’ acts of genocide in Iraq and Syria by providing vital assistance to survivors and improving the system for investigating and prosecuting those behind the attacks.

“The persecution and slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities is a stark reminder that not every nation shares the ability to worship freely,” said Donovan, who last year introduced legislation that would allow the U.S. to use funds seized from ISIS (aka ISIL) to help reconstruct Middle East communities affected by the terror organization. “We have a moral obligation to protect and support those targeted by genocide, and this bill will help ensure that Christians and minority groups in the Middle East have the resources they need to protect and rebuild their communities, as well as bring their aggressors to justice.”

Last year, the United States declared ISIS atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East genocide.


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