Croatia is one step closer to recognising the Holodomor as genocide

16 June 2023

At a meeting on Thursday, 15 June, the Croatian government supported the Croatian parliament’s initiative to recognise the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

“We support the initiative put forward by the parties of the Croatian Parliament,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said.

It is about the project of the declaration of the parliament, which can recognise the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

As HRT reports, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Zdenko Lučić, explained that it is a draft declaration by which the Croatian parliament recognises the Holodomor – a man-made famine that was purposefully organised by the communist Stalinist regime in Ukraine in the period 1932-1933 – as a crime of genocide against the Ukrainian people.

Croatian sovereignists, who came up with a similar initiative two years ago, organized a round table in the parliament on 15 June under the name “Holodomor – Genocide of the Ukrainian People”.

“Since 2008, our parliament has dealt with this topic intermittently but the shadow of indecision and political reservations did not allow us to call this horror what it is. We cannot call the Holodomor a mass crime against humanity because it was genocide,” Marko Milanović Litre, a representative of the parliament, emphasizes.