Article by: Alya Shandra
On 7 November 2015, a memorial for Ukraine’s greatest famine, the Holodomor, will be dedicated in Washington DC. Ahead of the ceremony, the Ukrainian World Congress renewed its call to recognize the man-made famine as a genocide by the UN and national governments that hadn’t done so yet. Recently, a petition has been launched to the UK government to recognize Holodomor as an act of genocide.
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We decided to take a look at the governments that had officially recognized the famine as a genocide, according to data from Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.
Other countries and institutions have issued statements recognizing Holodomor as tragedy or crime against humanity but did not use the word “genocide.” For instance,
The European Parliament in a resolution from 2008 “recognises the Holodomor (the artificial famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine) as an appalling crime against the Ukrainian people, and against humanity.”
The United Nations in a joint statement from 2003 refers to Holodomor as a “national tragedy of the Ukrainian people.”
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in a resolution from 2010 “strongly condemns the cruel policies pursued by the Stalinist regime, which resulted in the death of millions of innocent people, as a crime against humanity.”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in a resolution from 2008 states that Holodomor was a “mass starvation brought about by the cruel deliberate actions and policies of totalitarian Stalinist regime.”
The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture in a resolution from 2007 recognizes Holodomor as the “national tragedy of the Ukrainian people, caused by the cruel actions and policies of the totalitarian regime.”