Legislative Updates

NGOs Sign Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of HR 390

Jul 14th, 2017 | By

Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman, William J. Murray signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding unanimous consent for the bipartisan bill H.R. 390, The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act. Other signers are Nina Shea, Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom; David

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USCIRF Commends House Passage of Genocide Accountability Act Urges Senate Action  

Jun 13th, 2017 | By

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2017   USCIRF Commends House Passage of Genocide Accountability Act Urges Senate Action   USCIRF declares that “the perpetrators of genocide must be held to account”   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commends the passage on June 6, 2017, in the U.S. House of

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Conversations with a Senator

Jun 8th, 2017 | By

By: William J. Murray “We have no one else to fight the Islamic State”: I cannot report the name of the Senator this column concerns, because all comments recorded here were made “off the record.” I attend many “off the record” meetings on Capitol Hill which are meant to give those invited “background” information, but

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HR 390 Passed in the House

Jun 7th, 2017 | By

MAJOR VICTORY – HR-390 has passed in the HOUSE Your post cards and calls to Congress did the job! HR-390, The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, was introduced by our friend Congressman Chris Smith on January 10th of this year, shortly after the 115th Congress began its first session. Within a

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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: New USCIRF Report on Religious Minorities in the KRI

Jun 6th, 2017 | By

In January, William J.Murray personally was escorting three trucks of supplies to the NPU, one two-ton truck with food and two pickups filled with bottled water, when the Peshmerga stopped us at their main checkpoint between Erbil and Qaraqosh. I had authorized the aid, which amounted to a 20-day supply of food for the 300-man

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Congressman Chris Smith Bill On Genocide Advances From Committee

Apr 3rd, 2017 | By

By: Frank York The bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390), authored by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), unanimously passed in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This legislation will help those who have suffered at the hands of ISIS—and hold perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes to account.

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Tell Congress: Stop the Genocide of Christians Now

Feb 2nd, 2017 | By

Under President Obama none of the millions of dollars in aid sent to the Middle East reached persecuted Christians. Worse, Middle East Christians were placed at the back of the line for immigration. Under President Trump these practices must stop. Congress must give President Trump the authority and the funds to take action now.

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New Proposed Legislation Could Mean Relief For Persecuted Christians

Jan 13th, 2017 | By
Christians persecuted

On January 10, 2017, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation that would provide emergency relief to survivors of genocide and ensure accountability for perpetrators. The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390) is an enhanced version of the bill they introduced in the 114th

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