‘Worst case of Christian oppression in living history’ – Rogers

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has described the current ‘persecution’ faced by Christian minorities in the Middle East and Africa as the “worst case of Christian oppression in living memory”.

SDLP MLA Sean Rogers

Speaking during an Assembly debate on what he described as ‘the persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq’, the South Down assemblyman spoke of the inertia shown by the international community to combat such terrible crimes against minorities. “The SDLP believe it is our moral duty to speak out against these unspeakable acts of barbarism, of mutilation and of savagery. The aggressors are unjust and monstrous in their actions and they must be stopped,” said Rogers. “I believe only through the combined voice of both Irish and British governments, and the EU, will our calls be heard. I believe it is time the UN act on its own self-proclaimed ‘responsibility to protect’ to stop these aggressive actions. “The UN must fulfill, as leader of the international community, its four key roles necessary for protection of Christian minorities internationally.” Rogers added, “The Assembly must deliver a united message of condemnation towards the continued persecution and genocide of minorities internationally, and that it is the moral responsibility of this Assembly to do all in its power to have London, Dublin and Brussels use their influence within the international community and United Nations to see that justice is served.”

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