UK parliament condemns Islamic State violence as genocide

LONDON – British MPs voted unanimously on Wednesday for a motion declaring that Islamic State violence against ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq was genocide, and urging the government to do more to bring IS fighters to justice.

The government has held back from describing the violence carried out by the Sunni militant group against Yazidis, Christians and Shi’ite Muslims in the Middle East as genocide, saying this was a question for an international court.

But the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot make a judgment on whether violence amounts to genocide unless it is asked to do so, said MP Fiona Bruce, who proposed the motion.

“That is why supporting this motion is so important,” she told parliament.