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Cardinal Nichols renews call to UK government to help Middle East refugees
Cardinal Nichols renews call to UK government to help Middle East refugees

On the eve of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Cardinal Nichols has renewed his call for refugees from the Middle East to be welcomed and accommodated in this country. In 2015 the Cardinal met with Christian and Yazidi refugees during a pastoral visit in Erbil, Iraq. Bishops from England and Wales also met with refugees from Syria and Iraq during the annual Holy Land Co-ordination visit, which went to Jordan last year. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has been in regular contact with the government about developments in the region,

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Coptic Bishop calls for killing of populations in Middle East to be declared genocide
Coptic Bishop calls for killing of populations in Middle East to be declared genocide

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, spoke at a press conference today regarding a potential US Genocide declaration in response to actions of the Caliphate against the Yazidi and Christian communities in the Middle East. The event was held at The National Press Club in Washington DC on 10 March 2016, and co-sponsored by The Knights of Columbus and Indefense of Christians (IDC). In his address, entitled 'Declaring Genocide: Equality and Dignity for Humanity as a Whole'

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Kurdistan: CPT reports phone message from fugitive Yazidis
Kurdistan: CPT reports phone message from fugitive Yazidis

Christian Peacemakers Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan write: With all our hearts we wish that the Yazidi (Ezidi in Kurdish) people would have become known to the world through different circumstances. Not as the ten thousand families or more whose children kept dying in the scorching heat of the Shangal mountains of thirst and hunger while surrounded by armed men who sought their death. Not as the hundreds of people whom the Islamic State (IS) fighters buried alive. Not as the women whom the IS raped and kidnapped to sell into slavery.

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Religious Liberties Commission statement on religious persecution in Iraq
Religious Liberties Commission statement on religious persecution in Iraq

Christians are suffering and dying in Iraq. The terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) is killing them, displacing them and seizing their properties. Now Iraq’s ancient Yazidi community is experiencing similar abuses. This is a catastrophe for the people of Iraq and the region and if left unchecked it could also have profound implications for freedom and democracy across the globe. Religious freedom is a fundamental right that has been described as a ‘litmus test’ for the depth of democracy. That’s why attacks on this right cannot be ignored.

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Iraq: Christians flee as ISIS takes over another town
Iraq: Christians flee as ISIS takes over another town

Up to a quarter of Iraq's Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamic militants seized the minority's biggest town in the country - the BBC reports today. The Islamic State (IS) group captured Qaraqosh in Nineveh province overnight after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces. Meanwhile, the UN says some of the 50,000 members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped by IS on Mount Sinjar have been rescued. IS controls parts of Iraq and Syria and says it has created an Islamic state. Nineveh, located 400km north-west of Baghdad, is home to a large number of religious minorities.

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