This event will provide an overview of the history of Holodomor (literally “death inflicted by starvation”), its designation and recognition as genocide, and how the denial of that genocide and the absence of accountability for it, may contribute to the continuation of mass atrocity crimes against Ukraine and its people by the Russian Federation today. Among its other war crimes in Ukraine, Russia is using food as a weapon against the Ukrainian population. Russian violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law are so systematic that they may rise to the level of genocide. Examples include the targeting of civilians, the unlawful deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children to the Russian Federation, and the repopulation of occupied Ukrainian territory with Russians. Panelists will reflect on the implications.
- Joe EGGERS, Interim Director of the Center on Holocaust & Genocide Studies
- Anton DROBOVYCH, PhD, Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance
- Iryna SKUBII, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Queen’s University
- Carrie WALLING, PhD, Director, Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota
- Dr Melanie O’BRIEN, PhD, Visiting Professor Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
- Luda ANASTAZIEVSKY, MA, MN Ukrainian American Advocacy Committee, Chair, UACC Board Member
This is an event organized by Iryna Drobovych, a 2023-2024 Humphrey Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Ukrainian community in Minneapolis.
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