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Debate on a motion on recognition of genocide by Daesh

14 April 2016

On Wednesday 20 April MPs debated a motion on recognition of genocide by Daesh against Yazidis, Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Fiona Bruce on 12 April.

This debate was opened by Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton.

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Text of the motion

'That this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering Genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls on the Government to make an immediate Referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.'

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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