(CNSNews.com) - Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised the Foreign Affairs Committee for passing a resolution declaring that ISIS/ISIL is committing genocide.
“In Syria and Iraq Christians are being executed. Churches and holy sites are being destroyed. Children are being enslaved. The Obama administration is still not ready to say that ISIS and the Assad regime are committing crimes against humanity. We are,” Ryan said at a press conference Thursday.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bipartisan resolution Wednesday declaring actions perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) “constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.”
“We need to recognize these atrocities with clear eyes and we need to continue to pray for the persecuted,” Ryan said.
Another resolution passed denouncing the “crimes against humanity” perpetrated by Syria’s Assad regime. The resolution calls on the president to promote the establishment of a war crimes tribunal to address the criminal actions.
At this time, both the U.S. State Department and the White House have “not determined” if genocide is being committed.
The spending bill Congress passed in December requires the Obama administration to declare its position on whether or not genocide is being committed by March 17th.