INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN RECALLING GENOCIDAL GREAT FAMINE LAUNCHED

UCCLF MEDIA RELEASE
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    *INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN RECALLING GENOCIDAL GREAT FAMINE LAUNCHED*


_For Immediate Release (Ottawa, 9 November 2009) _

An educational campaign recalling the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in 
Soviet Ukraine, known as the /Holodomor/, was launched today. Thousands 
of postcards are being sent to embassies and consulates internationally, 
urging governments to officially recognize that this famine was an act 
of genocide perpetrated by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin. Canada is 
one of the few countries that has already recognized the /Holodomor /as 
genocidal.

Drawing upon the writings of Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the "father of the [UN] 
Genocide Convention," who described the "destruction of the Ukrainian 
nation" as the "classic example of Soviet genocide," the Ukrainian 
Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation and partner groups around the world 
are mailing postcards featuring a pastel drawing of Lemkin and an 
excerpt from his 1953 speech "Soviet Genocide in the Ukraine," an effort 
timed to coincide with the annual day of mourning for the Holodomor's 
victims (28 November).

Commenting, Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, editor of /Holodomor: Reflections 
on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine/, said:

"Many millions of men, women and children suffered agonizing deaths in 
Soviet Ukraine in 1932-1933 during what was arguably one of the greatest 
acts of genocide to befoul 20th century European history. To this day 
there are Holodomor-deniers attempting to obfuscate what happened, 
continuing to cover up this Communist crime against humanity. This 
educational effort is therefore aimed at reminding governments 
everywhere that the father of the United Nations Convention on Genocide 
was personally convinced of the genocidal character of Soviet rule in 
Ukraine. We are also calling upon countries that believe in upholding 
the relevance of the UN Genocide Convention to officially recognize the 
truth of what happened during the Holodomor."

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For the full text of Dr. Lemkin's speech and to see the postcard go to 
www.uccla.ca (Sources & Issues: Great Famine section)

To contact Dr. Luciuk email: luciuk@uccla.ca