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Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights - Day of the Righteous

a message for the European Day of Righteous and for the recognition of the Holodomor

The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, sent to Gariwo Foundation a message of support for the Day of the Righteous - 6 March - in which we honors those who defend life and human dignity all over the world. The Day of the Righteous was established by the European Parliament in 2012 and in 2017 by the Italian Parliament. In this message Dmytro Lubinets also spoke out in favor of the recognition by all states of the Holodomor - the extermination by starvation perpetrated by the Soviet regime against the Ukrainian population - as genocide.

THE MESSAGE:

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, the European Day of the Righteous is an important occasion to honor those who stood up for
justice human rights and dignity, often at a great personal cost. Let us remember their courage and commitment to making
their world a better place and strive to follow in their footsteps by standing up against fear and evil and promoting the
values of freedom, good will, mutual respect and equality for all.

Today I would like to talk about the Holodomor, a man-made famine that took the lives of millions of Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933. The Holodomor was not a natural disaster but a deliberate act of genocide perpetrated by the Soviet regime. Stalin and his followers imposed policies that aimed to destroy the Ukrainian people and their culture. 

The historical parallels cannot be disregarded. By turning food and poverty into weapons Stalin's Soviet Union targeted civilians; Putin's Russia is deliberately attacking civilians once more by turning food into weapons creating a global food crisis, by shelling Ukrainian fields with fire bombs and destroying vital infrastructure to rob Ukrainians of heat and light.

Violence that is not condemned will keep happening until we decide to condemn it. For decades the Soviet Union was denying the existence of the Holodomor and silenced any attempt to commemorate its victims but we cannot remain silent in the face of such atrocities. 

Today the International Community is united in recognizing the holiday more as an act of genocide. By recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide, we honor the memory of millions of Ukrainians who were killed and draw attention to this tragic event of the European history. I call on the Italian parliament to recognize genocide and other crimes against humanity. I'm addressing you, as the part of the free world that respects human rights, to recognize the Holodomor as the act of genocide. Parliaments of 24 countries all over the world have already done it. 

Finally, recognizing of Holodomor as genocide would help to prevent similar atrocities from occurring in the future, by raising awareness and promoting accountability for Those who commit such crimes. We expect that a relevant resolution will be supported by the Italian parliament in the nearest future and Italy will recognize the Holodomor as the genocide of the Ukrainian people. 

As a Commissioner I call on all of us to reflect on our responsibility to prevent genocide and to promote human rights and dignity. We must work together to build a world where all people can live free from terror and oppression. Thank you very much dear colleagues.

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