WASHINGTON, D.C.—Statesmen and policy heavyweights called upon the Senate to vote on House-passed bill H.R. 390 to protect persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria, at a reception honoring former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA).
The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017 directs the State Department to provide assistance to entities that criminally prosecute those suspected of committing genocide, wars against humanity, or war crimes in Iraq over the past six years, or in Syria during its civil war. The bill’s primary focus is to stop the genocide of Christians in those countries.
Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, which hosted Wednesday’s reception, called Wolf “the father of international religious liberty policy” for the United States.
Wolf was the author and primary sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. That law created a U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, established the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and assigned a Special Adviser on International Religious Freedom in the White House’s National Security Council.
In 2016, Congress expanded these protections with the Frank R. Wolf Religious Freedom Act, named in honor of Wolf for his decades of work protecting Christians and religious minorities across the globe.