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PUBLIC LAW 101-642—NOV. 28, 1990 104 STAT. 4659 Public Law 101-642 101st Congress Joint Resolution To designate the week of November 3, 1990, to November 10, 1990, as "National Week to Commemorate the Victims of the Famine in the Ukraine, 1932-1933", and to Nov. 28, 1990 commemorate the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1983 and the policies of Russification [S.J. Res. 329] to suppress Ukrainian identity. Whereas more than 7 miliion Ukrainians in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, one of the member republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, died of starvation during the years 1932-1933; Whereas the famine of 1932-1933 was the consequence of deliberate policies of the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics aiming to destroy the political, cultural, and human rights of the Ukrainian people; Whereas the economic, social, and political consequences of the famine of 1932-33 are still manifest among the Ukrainian population; Whereas the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, although aware of the famine in Ukraine and having complete control of the entire food supplies within the borders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, nevertheless failed to take relief measures to check the famine of 1932-33 or to alleviate the catastrophic conditions resulting from it; Whereas the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ignored the appeals of international organizations and other nations; Whereas the United States Commission on the Ukraine Famine, legislated to study and expand world knowledge of the famine, has substantiated, through hearings, eyewitness testimony, and documentation, that the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 was the result of a deliberate policy by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and has published those findings; Whereas on February 7, 1990, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine acknowledged that the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 was artificially created by the policies of Stalin and his closest associates; Whereas the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has a long history of suppression of Ukrainian aspirations for the exercise of legitimate human rights and the expression of the cultural and social heritage of Ukrainians; and Whereas the United States has made intercessions at various times during the course of its history on behalf of citizens of other countries who are oppressed or persecuted by their governments, reflecting the traditional policy of the United States to take cognizance of such abuses of human rights and liberties: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That—