British House of Commons once again calls to recognize the Holodomor as genocide

Memorial to Holodomor victims in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Memorial to Holodomor victims in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons 

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During a debate held on 7 November, MPs from the House of Commons in Britain (lower chamber of Parliament) have called for the Government to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people, UNIAN reported.

The debates, held in the Westminster Hall of the British Parliament, were initiated by Pauline Latham, a member of the ruling Conservative Party in the House of Commons. Lathem mentioned this is not the first time she is taking part in debates on the topic and constantly calls on the British goverhment to recognize the Holodomor as genocide.

“I stand here today to remind colleagues of this atrocity which occurred in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933, and ask again that the government recognize this politicized act of evil as genocide,” Latham said.

She recalled that the Holodomor literally means “death by starvation” and that it was purposefully organized by Joseph Stalin to destroy a large part of the Ukrainian population. According to Latham, Stalin’s closure of the eastern border of Ukraine to block the movement of Ukrainian peasants in search of food is a sign that his policy was driven by hostility to the identity, traditions, and culture of Ukrainians, and can be qualified as ethnic cleansing,  that the Holodomor is an example of a crime caused by political ideology, and “fueled by prejudice.”

Latham is convinced it is necessary to learn lessons from the Holodomor and ensure that “the world is never again blind to such a wide-scale atrocity.” She was supported by Labour Party member Stephen Pound, who said the Holodomor was a man-made famine and genocide “by any definition”.

However, the British Cabinet maintains a more restrained position. A representative of the UK Government attending the debate said that the government remains convinced that the recognition of this decision should be based on a trustworthy judicial process.

At present, 19 countries, including Ukraine, recognize the Holodomor as genocide, the latest being Portugal in March 2017.

It is estimated that at least 4 million people died in the man-made famine of 193-1934.

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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    “A representative of the UK government attending the debate said that the government remains convinced that the recognition of this decision should be based on a trustworthy judicial process”. What a bunch of sanctimonious hogwash! What further proof is needed? Has there not been enough incontrovertible evidence provided by a multitude of international historians and other world wide experts who have provided definitive and undeniable proof that “ethnic cleansing” otherwise known as the Holodomor/Genocide was perpetrated and primarily directed against ethnic Ukrainians in Ukraine, the Kuban Region and in Kazakhstan by Joseph Stalin and his henchmen during the years of 1932-1933?? So why the big stall by trying to tie this issue up in the courts which in turn would cost a totally unnecessary and untold millions of pounds/euros/dollars and take forever and a day to complete? Would all of this stalling by the British Government have anything to do with scaring away Russian oligarchs from investing their ill gotten gains in London real estate? Would it have anything to do with suggesting that the genocide perpetrated against Jews before and during WWII was not the only act of genocide that occurred in Europe in the twentieth century? Has not the issue of true justice been delayed long enough by self serving politicians? What a crock of rotten Russian rubbish stew!

    • AmounRah

      I recommend looking up what happened in USSR during Holomodor, not just Ukraine. That could shed some light on why the decision is being prolonged.
      Hint: All of USSR suffered and if they recognize this as genocide, it would be genocide against USSR, not USSRs’ genocide against Ukraine.

      Emotions and propaganda, are emotions and propaganda.
      Facts and history, are facts and history.

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        AmounRah, your comments reflect a typical position that is held by Kremtrolls who often use distraction in order to distort the realities of past or current events. As for the Holodomor/Genocide that occurred in Ukraine, the Kuban and Northern Kazakhstan, all of these areas held one thing in common. They were primarily populated by ethnic Ukrainians. In addition, Stalin went to great lengths in trying to obliterate the Ukrainian intelligentsia and many in the clergy (using imprisonment, torture, deportation and outright murder) in order to stamp out any vestiges of Ukrainian nationalism and patriotism. And let us not forget Nikita Khrushchev’s comments which has often been referred to as his “secret speech” to the 20th All Union Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956. In this speech he emphatically stated that Stalin wanted to deport the entire Ukrainian nation “but there were too many of them and no place to put them”. Furthermore, the Holodomor/Genocide that occurred in Ukraine was not in any way synonymous to the events that occurred in the rest of the Soviet Union during 1932-1933 as that would be similar to comparing apple and oranges. Finally, on a personal note, you, AmounRah, should take greater care in falsely assuming the ignorance of others when your own assertions are half baked because when you do so, you destroy your own credibility.

        • AmounRah

          “AmounRah, your comments reflect a typical position that is held by Kremtrolls ”
          Any more CNN soundbites you want to parrot?….anyway
          Yes, I know, everyone who does not absolutely HATE Russia or Putin, is 100% Kremtroll.
          Everyone who does so much as ask a question or elaborate on the B S websites like Eudomaidan “press” posts, then you are automatically paid by Kremlin.
          No positing opinions allowed
          No questions allowed
          Shalowmindedness encouraged, etc

          Now that we have that out of the way.
          “Finally, on a personal note, you, AmounRah, should take greater care in falsely assuming the ignorance of others when your own assertions are half baked because when you do so, you destroy your own credibility.”
          Since it is on a personal note, I take offence to that simply due to the fact that you talk about assuming ignorance, yet you do the very thing you accuse me of.
          What I have written is neither: made up, nor twisted.
          “Furthermore, the Holodomor/Genocide that occurred in Ukraine was not in any way synonymous to the events that occurred in the rest of the Soviet Union during 1932-1933 as that would be similar to comparing apples and oranges” I would like you to (actually, and sincerely) to elaborate on that. I still believe in a discussion and not a tug-of-war and calling every single person who has an opposing view, a “troll”.

  • AmounRah

    This is actually good news.
    I hope that they recognize this as genocide against all of USSR, not just Ukraine.
    After all, Holomodor happened when Stalin horribly tried to overhaul the entire agriculture which dminished food supplies. Then SUDDENLY America stopped trading gold with USSR, sending it into financial turmoil, and then got Europe to stop trading natural resources, like coal and timber, with USSR which just sent it into a downward spiral. USSR could not grow their food fast enough nor could they afford to import it fast enough.
    This resulted in millions of people starving ALL OVER USSR, not just Ukraine. Every single person in USSR was on food rations, not just Ukraine, and millions have died all over the union….not just Ukraine.

    • MichaelA

      no every single person wasnt on food rations
      and ukraine suffered worst
      adn no it wasnt americas fault

      • AmounRah

        “no every single person wasnt on food rations ”
        You got a list you are keeping from someone?
        “and ukraine suffered worst ”
        so now we are admitting that there was famine, but Ukraine suffered most? If it did, does not make it a “Russian genocide against Ukraine”
        “adn no it wasnt americas fault”
        that’s not what I said

  • Marathon-Youth

    One of the reasons for the Holodomor was Stalin’s build up of the Russian Army. The process began in the early 30’s and included removing farm equipment since they had metal. Nothing was given in return to the farmers.

    The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of 39 between Russia and Germany allowed Germany to invade Poland in the early part of 39 and for Russia to do the same later in 39. One of the reasons not given for Germany’s invasion into Poland was the Bromberg massacre where 58 thousand Germans were killed by Poles.

    Stalin’s reasons for building up Russia’s army was mainly due to the rise of fascism in Europe. Fascism prevented factions in Russia from expanding Communism through revolutions and propaganda. It left Moscow with a military solution.

    By 41 Stalin had his new Assault military mobilized all way into Romania and Hungary. Then Hitler stopped “Operation Sea Lion” and turned Germany’s attention to Russia. Stalin’s first goal was to take over Prague and in the 2nd assault was to take Paris.

    Had Russia succeeded in invading Europe the Communist flag would have been flying in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Madrid.

    Operation Barbarossa was a response to Russian ambitions. Operation Barbarossa pushed Communism back and almost ended it. Had the weather been taken into issue Germany would have leveled Communist Russia. The Cold war would not have taken place and Communism would not have advanced around the world the way it has.