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Holodomor90 Urges President Biden to Recognize Holodomor as Genocide

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Holodomor90 Launches Final Drive for 25,000 Signatures on Historic Petition Urging President Biden to Recognize Holodomor as Genocide

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 18, 2023) — During this 90th anniversary year, Holodomor activists have launched a petition asking U.S. President Joe Biden to be the first American President to issue an official Proclamation from the White House declaring “Holodomor as genocide.” The petition seeks to generate at least 25,000 signatures by Holodomor Awareness Day, November 25, 2023, to encourage President Biden to take the historic step.  

Aleksandr Krapivkin, Community Manager of Klych, the grassroots group that originally launched the petition, said, “The Holodomor was hidden by the Kremlin for more than 50 years and continues to be denied to this day. This petition is a vital step in ensuring that the world recognizes the true nature of this atrocity and the suffering endured by the Ukrainian people.”

The Holodomor90 campaign will deliver the petition to the White House to ask that the President to formally establish the official position of the United States. Numerous countries around the world have already officially recognized the Holodomor as genocide. In the United States, both houses of Congress have acknowledged the Holodomor as a genocide against the Ukrainian people. Additionally, 22 states in the United States have signed proclamations at the state level, affirming the genocidal nature of the Holodomor. However, no U.S. President has ever issued an official statement acknowledging the Holodomor as genocide.

Michael Sawkiw, Jr., of the U.S. Holodomor Committee, said, “Recognition of the Holodomor as genocide is essential not only for historical accuracy but as a means to honor the memory of the millions who perished during this dark chapter. It’s a step towards justice for the victims and their descendants.”

The petition hosted at Change.org notes that the Holodomor was a catastrophic, man-made famine in the USSR that killed millions of Ukrainians. Its devastating impact resulted from policies imposed by the Communist Party and Soviet state, under the direction of dictator Josef Stalin. Ukrainian peasant farmers were targeted for resisting forced collectivization, and tens of thousands of people were forcibly relocated to Siberia. The state imposed impossible grain quotas, leading to the seizure of grain and foodstuffs from households. This assault also included a campaign against Ukrainian intellectuals, writers, artists, religious leaders, and political figures, creating a devastating impact on Ukrainian society.

Mykola Murskyj, director of advocacy at Razom for Ukraine said, “As Ukraine faces aggression from the Kremlin once again, it is paramount that the United States officially acknowledges that the Holodomor was a genocide. This historical recognition is an essential step in preventing such atrocities from happening in the future.”

Article 2 of the United Nations’ Genocide Convention defines genocide as encompassing acts such as killing members of a group, causing serious harm, inflicting conditions of life to bring about physical destruction, preventing births, and forcibly transferring children. The Soviet regime committed all of these actions against Ukraine and Ukrainians in 1932-1933. Renowned legal scholar Raphael Lemkin, the originator of the term “genocide,” described the “annihilation of the Ukrainian nation” as a “classic example of genocide.”

The Holodomor90 campaign concludes, “As Ukrainians continue to defend themselves against aggression, it is more crucial than ever that the United States publicly recognizes the Holodomor as genocide. History must serve as a reminder, not a repetition. We urge everyone to support this petition and help us reach our goal of 25,000 signatures before Holodomor Awareness Day on November 25, 2023.”

To sign the petition and make your voice heard, please visit change.org.

About Holodomor90 Awareness:

The Holodomor90 anti-genocide campaign unites the greater Ukrainian community and organizations from across the world for the genocide’s 90th Holodomor Memorial Day. Leading groups include the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness (the U.S. Holodomor Committee), Razom for Ukraine, Klych, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), and Door County Candle Company. The Ukrainian Catholic Churches and the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches have also pledged support along with an array of other organizations and individuals. One mission of the grassroots efforts is to raise awareness and call for official recognition of the man-made famine as genocide. The campaign will culminate with the Ukrainian tradition of lighting memorial candles in homes, churches, and public squares on Holodomor Memorial Day, Saturday, November 25, 2023.

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