Motion ref. S5M-08629
Holodomor Remembrance Day 2017
Submitted by: Peter Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Friday, November 3, 2017
Supported by: Clare Adamson, Claire Baker, Jeremy Balfour, Michelle Ballantyne, Claudia Beamish, Colin Beattie, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Alison Johnstone, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, Gordon Lindhurst, Ben Macpherson, Tom Mason, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Margaret Mitchell, Oliver Mundell, Alexander Stewart, David Stewart, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Achieved cross-party support
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.