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Holdover Bureaucrats Undermine Trump Administration Progress
Contact: Jim Jacobson, Christian Freedom International, 800-323-2273

FRONT ROYAL, Va., July 28, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- The U.S. State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from official documents and speeches before they are delivered, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies.

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It is vitally important to the future of millions of persecuted Christians that this is stopped.

Richard Visek, who was appointed by President Obama as head of the State Department's Office of Legal Adviser in October 2016, is behind the decision to remove the word "genocide" from official documents, according to Nina Shea, the international human rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom.

These actions guarantee that the Obama-era policies, which contrived to exclude Iraq's Christian and other minority religious populations from key U.S. aid programs, will remain in place.

As noted by CFI president Jim Jacobson, "There are backdoor bureaucrats seeking to undermine new policies and progress. Obama holdovers in the Trump Administration are trying to remove any trace of the word "genocide" when referring to cases of the treatment of persecuted Christians by ISIS. This would cause persecuted Christians from ISIS-affected nations to be technically ineligible for asylum, and safety, in the United States."

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Christian Freedom International is a non-denominational 501c3 human rights organization for religious liberty providing real solutions to conditions of human misery caused by religious persecution.

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