The French Senate, following the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, approved a resolution recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.
327 out of 343 French senators voted for the resolution recognizing the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people, while the remaining 16 voted against it.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba thanked the French Senate for “a historic vote that restores justice and honors the memory of millions of victims.” “Such crimes must never be repeated and must never be forgotten,” the minister tweeted.
According to the authors of the resolution, the Holodomor should be recognized as genocide, given its goals of denying Ukrainian identity and the disappearance of the Ukrainian nation. “This recognition is intended to proclaim France’s unwavering commitment to respect for human dignity, to express support for the Ukrainian people and to prevent the continuation of such actions,” they note.
The resolution notes that “the disclosure of the atrocities and suffering to which the Ukrainian people have been subjected is part of the struggle, today, as in the past, against oblivion, for the establishment of responsibility and legitimate reparations, as well as against the repetition of these tragedies.”
The document also contains a call to the French government “to publicly condemn the genocide committed by the Soviet government against the Ukrainian rural population in 1932-1933.”
Recall that the French National Assembly recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people at the end of March.
In general, the Holodomor has already been recognized by the parliaments of more than two dozen countries of the world, including Europe, as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. In March, the Belgian House of Representatives, the lower house of the Belgian Parliament, and the Icelandic Parliament resorted to such a step.