The British opposition urges to recognize the Great Famine of 1933 in Ukraine as the act of genocide of the Ukrainian people. BBC reported that with the reference to MP Rupa Huq.
Huq who holds the Ealing Central and Acton seat for the Labour Party says that Ukrainians might be feeling ‘forgotten’ without such recognition. ‘They need our solidarity, because they are now under attack – again,’ she said.
Huq added she has no idea why the British government still has not recognized the Holodomor as the act of genocide. ‘This atrocity was discovered by British journalists, but the government still has not recognized it is the genocide. Can we get urgent explanation why we still haven’t done that, like other countries?,’ she wondered.
David Lidington, leader of the House of Commons of the British parliament, stresses that the definition of the genocide lies within the court’s authority – not that of the government. ‘However, that cannot in any way diminish our feeling of terror because of what was going on in Ukraine in the 1930s’.
Head of the Association of Ukrainians in the Great Britain Petro Revko welcomed the fact that this issue was actually raised in the British parliament. ‘We should be confident that respective judicial procedure – the recognition of the genocide – will be considered before the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, in 2018,’ he said.
Back in 2008, the British government considered the Holodomor the crime against humanity; however, the ‘genocide’ term was not used.
On November 26, Ukraine and over 30 countries all over the world honored the memory of the victims of man-made starvations.