Thirty-eight states co-author UN Declaration on 85th anniversary of Holodomor

23:20, 07 December 2018
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The Declaration stresses that the Holodomor was man-made and took millions of lives of Ukrainians and people of other nationalities, according to its text published by the Ukrainian Mission to the UN on Twitter.

The delegations of Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America co-authored the document.

The Declaration says 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,

The authors commemorate the memory of the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine, a man-made deadly famine that took the lives of millions of Ukrainians, including persons of other nationalities living in Ukraine at that time.

They 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;

The Declaration pays 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;

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It welcomes 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;

It is emphasized 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;

Ukraine's initiative is welcomed on organizing the commemorations on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, as well as 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 Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a tragic page in global history.

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