BERLIN (AA) – German parliament adopted a resolution Thursday declaring the massacre of Yazidis by the ISIS group a genocide.
The resolution, which was initiated by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s liberal-left coalition and the main opposition Christian Democrats, was unanimously approved by lawmakers.
More than 5,000 Yazidis were killed by the group nearly 10 years ago in northern Iraq. Nearly 200,000 fled the region.
During the debate, Green lawmaker Max Lucks said the resolution should not only be understood as an “act for the history books” but an act of action.
He said Germany and the international community failed to prevent the genocide while the ISIS committed heinous crimes against civilians.
“We must honestly admit that we did not act when our help mattered the most. People lost their lives due to our silence,” he said.