On December 11, 2018, the president of the United States solemnly signed a law labeling the crimes perpetrated by Islamist groups these past years against the Christians of Iraq and Syria as “genocide”.
The text ratified by Donald Trump is entitled Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018. It commits the American administration to providing humanitarian assistance to the communities being persecuted in Iraq and Syria and to pursuing those guilty of these crimes.
Several important people were present in the Oval Office for the signing: the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil, Archbishop Bashar Warda, the superior of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, the US ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, ordinary military archbishop for the USA.
On September 27, the House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill that went on to receive the same support in the Senate.
From now on, as the American Constitution stipulates, the President is held to assess “the feasibility and advisability of prosecuting individuals for acts of genocide.”