Pauline Latham MP led the debate in Westminster Hall yesterday calling on the UK government to recognise the Holodomor as a genocide and to include it in the national school curriculum.

In reply the Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt MP (standing in for the Minister for Europe and the Americas, Alan Duncan MP) said that the Government believed that there were “sound reasons to refrain from doing so” – that “recognition decisions should be based on credible judicial processes”.

However, he added: “Our approach to the legal definition should in no way diminish the importance or enormity of the Ukrainian holodomor and what the Government think about it; nor does it diminish the horror that we feel about it. It remains vital to remember and reflect on such tragedies, and to recommit to working to ensure that they do not happen again. The importance of that cannot be overstated. In the 85 years since the beginning of the holodomor, countless people, both inside and outside Ukraine, have fought to keep alive the memory of those millions who died, and the Government pay tribute to their efforts. This chapter in Europe’s history is too important to be forgotten, and it is vital that it be commemorated, so that lessons can be learned for generations to come. We are indebted to all colleagues who have taken part in the debate for doing just that.” 

Pauline Latham expressed her disappointment and asked the Minister to refer her thoughts to the Minister for Europe. Mr Burt MP also undertook to respond in writing to questions on which court can consider the issue of the Holodomor being a genocide.

Also taking an active part in the debate were Jim Shannon MP, Stephen Pound MP, Carol Monaghan MP and Khalid Mahmood MP.

Click here to read the full transcript of the debate or here to watch it.


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