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S.Res. 530 (113th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate on the current situation in Iraq and the urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution from the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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9/18/2014--Passed Senate amended. Reaffirms the Senate's commitment to promoting and protecting religious freedom around the world.

Calls on the Department of State to work with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi government, neighboring countries, the diaspora community in the United States, and other key stakeholders to address the plight of Iraqi minority groups seeking protection from persecution in Iraq.

Requests the government of Iraq to prioritize the issue of protecting religious minorities and enact and enforce laws protecting religious freedom.

Urges the President to ensure timely visa processing for Iraq's minority groups fleeing religious persecution.