BRADFORD COUNCIL RECOGNISES HOLODOMOR AS GENOCIDE

Bradford
16.12.09


Last night, a full meeting of the City of Bradford Council considered a motion to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide.
The motion was presented by Cllr Ian Greenwood, leader of the Council Labour Group, and seconded by Cllr Kris Hopkins, Leader of the Council.  Cllr Hopkins gave up his right to speak to Cllr Matt Palmer who is married to Maria, a native of Kyiv.  Both Councillors spoke passionately and eloquently about the horrors of the deliberate, artificial starvation to death of so many Ukrainians during 1932-33, about the strength and resilience of Ukrainians in maintaining their culture and heritage despite the deprivations of both fascism and communism and about the campaign to secure government recognition of the Holodomor as genocide.  City Councillors voted unanimously to support the following motion:

Holodomor

The Council notes that the Executive has already acknowledged the historic significance of the Holodomor as a systematic starvation to death of at least 7,000,000 Ukrainians by the Soviet Authorities during 1932 and 1933.

While the Council recognises that neither the current Government of the Russian Federation nor the Russian people in general bear responsibility for the Holodomor it does consider it to have been an act of genocide.

The Council therefore:

1) Formally acknowledges the Holodomor to have been an act of genocide.

2) Instructs the Chief Executive to write to the Government informing it of the Council’s position and requesting that the Holodomor be officially recognised by Government as an act of genocide.

AUGB congratulates the community in Bradford  in successfully completing its campaign to get the full Bradford City Council to reinforce an earlier decision of it’s Executive by formally acknowldeging the Holodomor as genocide.



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