Parliament to turn to civilized countries for recognition of Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainians

Source : 112 Ukraine

Draft law to be considered by Ukrainian lawmakers today
10:43, 7 December 2016

The Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, will turn to governments and parliaments of democratic states so as to get the official recognition of the 1933 Holodomor as the genocide of the Ukrainian nation. The issue is among those to be considered by the Ukrainian MPs at today’s session.

The Holodomor genocide question consists of the attempts to determine whether the Holodomor, the catastrophic man-made famine of 1933 that claimed millions of lives in Ukraine, was an ethnic genocide or an unintended result of the-then Soviet regime's actions in Ukraine. The event is recognized as a crime against humanity by the European Parliament, and the genocide in Ukraine, while the Russian Federation considers it part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33 and corresponding famine relief effort. The debate among historians is ongoing and there is no international consensus among scholars or governments on whether the Soviet policies that caused the famine fall under the legal definition of genocide.

By now, the Holodomor of 1933 is officially considered as genocide of Ukrainians by Canada, Australia, several EU member countries, such as Poland and Lithuania, and some other states.

The European Parliament, the UN General Assembly, the OSCE and PACE have so far only considered the Holodomor 'the crime of Stalinist regime,' abstaining to use the term 'genocide'.

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