Last Thursday, 55 countries, most of them European, approved a joint declaration condemning the Holodomor.
Perhaps because of the current war in the Middle East, that news has had little relevance in the media. It must be remembered that this genocide against the Ukrainian people was committed by a regime of which Putin's dictatorship is considered the legal heir. In fact, last Saturday, when Ukraine commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, Russia launched the largest drone attack on Kiev since the beginning of the invasion, an attack that cannot be interpreted as casual and that shows that the Kremlin does not tire to vindicate and defend Stalin's crimes, as repudiating the countries that have condemned the Holodomor as a crime of genocide.
You can read here the text of that declaration supported by 55 countries, published by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN:
DECLARATION on the occasion of ninetieth anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932- 1933 in Ukraine
The delegations of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay and the European Union,
Guided by the principles, embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as in other relevant international instruments in the field of human rights that affirm the right to life, liberty and security of person,
Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, in particular, proclaimed that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food,
Being aware that the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (Holodomor) is the national tragedy of the Ukrainian people that took millions of innocent lives and was caused by the cruel actions and policies of the totalitarian regime,
Being convinced that the tragedy of the Holodomor should be a reminder for present and future generations to unconditionally respect human rights, including the right to life in order to prevent the repetition of such tragedies, as well as to prevent the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare, in particular by disrupting production and supply chains that increases global food insecurity, especially for the most vulnerable,
Recalling in this regard the joint statement on the seventieth anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932–1933 in Ukraine of 7 November 2003 (A/C.3/58/9 and Add.1), the declaration on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932–1933 in Ukraine of 16 December 2008 (A/63/613 and Annex), the joint statement on the eightieth anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932–1933 in Ukraine of 9 December 2013 (A/68/655 and Annex) and the declaration on the eighty-fifth anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932–1933 in Ukraine of 5 December 2018 (A/73/630/Rev.1 and Annex), commemorating the memory of victims of the Holodomor,
Recalling the resolution on remembrance of victims of the Great Famine (Holodomor) in Ukraine 1932–1933, adopted on 1 November 2007 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
Recognizing the importance of raising public awareness on the tragic events in the history of mankind and of strengthening the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for the prevention of humanitarian tragedies in the future,
1. Commemorate the memory of the victims of the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (Holodomor), a man-made deadly famine that took the lives of millions of Ukrainians, including persons of other nationalities living in Ukraine at that time,
2. Condemn the cruel policies pursued by the Stalinist regime, such as forced collectivization and food requisition, which led to the death of a significant proportion of the Ukrainian people,
3. Pay tribute to the memory of millions of persons of other nationalities who died of starvation and political repression in other parts of the former Soviet Union,
4. Welcome efforts of Governments to open their archives on the events of 1932–1933 to reveal the full truth of this tragedy, and to raise public awareness both at national and international levels so that the historical truth is revealed and the causes and consequences are comprehended,
5. Emphasize that the memories of past horrors and atrocities should reinforce the efforts of the international community to ensure unconditional observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the world, as well as to prevent weaponization of food,
6. Welcome the initiative of Ukraine on organizing the commemorations on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor,
7. Welcome the efforts of the Member States who recognized the Great Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine (Holodomor) as a man-made deadly famine and urge the Member States to promote awareness about the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (Holodomor) as a tragic page in global history,
8. Reiterate commitment of all Member States to accelerate actions to end hunger, enshrined in the Political Declaration adopted at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, under the auspices of the UN General Assembly in September 2023, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly Resolution 78/1 of 29 September 2023.
Photo: atlanticcouncil.org. The monument to the victims of the Holodomor in kyiv.
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