U.S. government committee said on Tuesday that Iraq is now one of the most dangerous areas on earth for religious minorities, accusing the leaders of Iraq for being so tolerant with the attacks on Christians and other minorities.
The report that is written by U.S. Commission on International Religious Liberties set up by Congress and the President, said that the mere existence of such groups in Iraq, which is predominantly Muslim could make them face a real threat.
The report was provided after 1500 Christian family fled from attacks and intimidation in the northern city of Mosul in October. Archbishop kidnapped in the city and killed this year. The U.S. military commanders blame Sunni Islamist militants to be behind this.
The Committee, which includes members of the bipartisan, recommended, that Iraq to be classified as a “country of particular concern” due to what it called the Iraqi government tolerated violations of religious freedom. An official in the committee said that such classification could theoretically lead to sanctions.
But more likely if the U.S. government accepted these recommendations to use diplomatic channels or establish guidelines in an attempt to change the actions of the Iraqi government.
The Committee urged the U.S. government to allow members of religious minorities to apply directly to the United States for asylum applications, rather than applying for United Nations and for this they will appoint a special envoy for the protection of human rights in Iraq.
The Commission reported that religious minorities have found themselves trapped amid the conflict between the Government of Iraq’s Kurdistan and Baghdad for control of the northern areas where these minorities are concentrated!