Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to declare ISIS attacks on religious minorities in the Middle East genocide:

“Secretary Kerry is finally making the right call.  Christian and Yezidi communities are deliberately targeted for elimination in ISIS’s self-declared caliphate.  I will closely review this report, and hope it also documents the horrific atrocities against the Rohingya in Burma – as the law requires.  In the meantime, President Obama should step up and lay out the broad, overarching plan that’s needed to actually defeat and destroy ISIS.  This administration’s long pattern of paralysis and ineffectiveness in combating these radical Islamist terrorists is unacceptable.”