Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith TD has called on the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Commenting on the issue Deputy Smith said, “During Statements in the Dáil yesterday on the refugee crisis I called for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. The atrocities being committed in Syria are appalling, barbaric and inhumane.  The treatment and persecution of Christians and other religious groups must not be allowed to continue. Furthermore, I believe that Ireland has a responsibility as a member of the European Union and as a member of the United Nations to speak up and to push for the UN Security Council to engage the International Criminal Court on this issue.

“Recently MPs in the House of Commons unanimously voted 278-0 to declare the campaign waged by ISIS against Christians, Yazidis and other religious groups as genocide.  I believe that as a sovereign state Ireland should stand in solidarity with the victims and do the same.

“The United States Congress, the European parliament and the Council of Europe have all agreed that the terror group’s treatment of the Yazidi community should be considered genocide.

“Next month the first ever world humanitarian summit will be held in Istanbul in Turkey. It has been called by the United Nations Secretary General. I hope that the international community will use this summit as an opportunity to send a strong message that such crimes will not go unpunished and the perpetrators of such brutal and sadistic acts will be vigorously pursued”.