13:30 07.12.2016

Rada asks democratic states to recognize Holodomor as genocide

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has drafted a bill asking democratic states to recognize the Holodomor, the artificially-created famine of 1932-1933, in Ukraine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.

Some 233 MPs supported the draft bill (No. 3525) on Tuesday during a plenary session in the nation's legislature.

"Parliament is appealing to governments of the world to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people," the document says.

"Ukraine during 1932 and 1932 suffered a horrible tragedy – the Holodomor, which claimed millions of lives. The criminal Communist totalitarian regime by means of confiscation of agricultural produce, blockades of villages and entire regions, bans of leaving areas where people were starving in Ukraine, the ruination of agricultural trade, repression against dissidents. It deliberately created unlivable conditions in Ukraine with the intent of physically destroying the population. The policy of the regime was tantamount to a crime against humanity, according to the United Nations Convention of December 9, 1948 on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the UN General Assembly," reads the text of the draft bill.

Ukrainian MPs noted that parliament on November 28, 2006 passed a law recognizing the Holodomor of 1932 and 1933 as genocide against the Ukrainian people, and on April 9, 2015 the law On the Condemnation of the Communist and National-Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and Ban on Circulation of its Symbols. The bill condemned the totalitarian Communist regime, labeling it as criminal.

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