ANCA Welcomes Senate Adoption of Ukrainian Famine-Genocide Bill

WASHINGTON–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Tuesday welcomed the US Senate’s adoption of legislation recognizing the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-33 and authorizing the Government of Ukraine to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the victims of this crime against humanity. "We join with our friends in the Ukrainian American community in welcoming the Senate’s adoption of legislation appropriately commemorating the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide through the creation of a memorial in our nation’s capital," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. The legislation, adopted by the Senate on September 30, authorizes the government of Ukraine to establish a memorial honoring the men, women, and children who perished by famine under communist rule in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933. As a memorial gift from a foreign nation, the government of Ukraine would be responsible for constructing, maintaining, and preserving the memorial. No federal funds will be used for those purposes. The US House adopted a similar measure on November 16th of last year. Speaking in support of the House version, its author, Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), had explained that, "during the Famine Genocide of 1932-33, between 7 and 10 million Ukrainians were deliberately and systematically starved to death. He stressed to his colleagues that, "the memorial authorized by this bill will not only honor their memory, but serve as a tangible reminder to all of us that we must work together to prevent such tragedies in the future." He added that, "preventing the recurrence of crimes against humanity, such as the Ukrainian Famine Genocide, begins with remembering the tragedies of the past. That is why I believe it is so important for there to be this monument, remembering the millions of innocent victims." The full text of the legislation is provided below. An Act To authorize the Government of Ukraine to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the victims of the manmade famine that occurred in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Section 1. Authority To Establish Memorial. (a) In General.The Government of Ukraine is authorized to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the victims of the Ukrainian famine-genocide of 1932-1933. (b) Compliance With Standards for Commemorative Works. The establishment of the memorial shall be in accordance with chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the "Commemorative Works Act"), except that sections 8902(a)(1), 8906(b)(1), 8908(b)(2), and 8909(b) shall not apply with respect to the memorial.

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