"The Nineveh Plain and the wider region have been the ancestral homeland of Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities, for centuries until ISIS overran and occupied the area in 2014. Today ISIS's territorial caliphate is defeated, but the region is not yet fully safe for religious minorities to return home.
We are calling on members of Congress to support House Resolution 259, which calls for:
- Make it a policy priority of the United States to support the safe return of refugee and IDPs from the Nineveh Plain and Sinjar to their ancestral homeland;
- Fully integrate religious minority communities into the security system to counter current and future terrorist threats.