A Motion has been lodged in the Scottish Parliament to coincide with Holodomor Remembrance Day on 25 November.

Initiated by Peter Chapman SMP and currently supported by 21 other Members of the Scottish Parliament, the full text of the Motion reads: 

Motion S5M-08629: Peter Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2017 

Holodomor Remembrance Day 2017

That the Parliament notes the day of commemoration and remembrance of the Ukrainian Holodomor, which will take place on 25 November 2017; considers that the Holodomor, literally meaning extermination by hunger, was a deliberate man-made famine designed by Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime to crush Ukrainian nationalism and the Ukrainian peasantry, whom he viewed as a threat; understands that, due to the wall of secrecy imposed by the former Soviet Union, it is difficult to know how many perished during the Holodomor of 1932-33, although recognises that recent research suggests that between three and seven and a half million may have died as a direct result of the Soviet-imposed famine in Ukraine; notes that, during the height of the famine, international offers of aid and support were turned down by the regime, while vital food stores were allowed to rot in warehouses under armed guard; believes the Holodomor to be a deliberate act of genocide that must be fully understood and recognised by current and future generations, and notes the important role that the Holodomor Remembrance Day plays in achieving this aim.

Supported by: Liam Kerr, Tom Mason, Miles Briggs, Margaret Mitchell, Alison Harris, Michelle Ballantyne, Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Stewart, Jamie Greene, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Donald Cameron, Ben Macpherson, Kenneth Gibson, Colin Beattie, Gordon Lindhurst, Annie Wells, Bill Bowman, Rachael Hamilton

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support


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