NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carl Anderson, the CEO of the Knights of Columbus and a leader in national and international efforts to aid and advocate for the victims of genocide in the Middle East, issued the following statement on the liberation of towns in the Nineveh Plain, Iraq:
"While welcoming the ongoing liberation of the Nineveh plain and Mosul, we must not forget that the genocide begun by ISIS will continue through attrition and neglect unless the United States and international community prioritize those groups that were targeted for extermination and risk disappearing altogether. This must include direct financial support from our government that actually reaches endangered groups like Christians and Yazidis. Those Iraqi citizens who belong to these groups also need to be given equal rights based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We must also insist that the two-tiered system of rights - resulting in the second class citizenship of Christians and other non-majority religious groups - end if we really want to ensure that such genocide never again occurs in this region. Celebrations over the ongoing liberation of the historically Christian towns of the Nineveh should not obscure the fact those minority groups who lived there for generations are now displaced and in danger of disappearing."