The US Congress will on Monday decide whether to recognise atrocities committed against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide. The motion is brought forward by House Republicans and if passed would put significant pressure on President Obama to follow their example and label the persecution as a genocide. The resolution has over 200 signatories from both parties and many expect it to pass.

It comes after the release of a 278-page report compiling evidence of crimes committed against Christians in Iraq, Syria and surrounding countries. The report was released in an attempt to present Secretary of State John Kerry with irrefutable evidence after he said an “additional evaluation” was needed. READ MORE