Poland remembers victims of massacres by Ukrainians

Poland on Wednesday marked its National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide by Ukrainian nationalists against Poles during World War II.

Commemorations started with a Catholic church service at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army in Warsaw.

Participants in the day’s events, among them the prime minister and Speakers of both houses of the Polish parliament, placed wreaths and lit candles at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Polish capital.

It was the second time Poland marked the national day after it was instituted in 2016.

It commemorates the victims of genocidal killings, known as the Volhynia Massacres, which were carried out between March 1943 and the end of 1944 by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in Nazi German-occupied Poland, according to Poland’s National Institute of Remembrance (IPN).

The massacres were part of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army’s plan to have a sovereign and nationally homogenous Ukraine after the war.

The IPN, which is charged with prosecuting crimes against the Polish nation, has said some 100,000 Poles died in the massacres, mainly women and children as men had already been subjected to mass deportations and repressions both by Soviet and Nazi authorities by the time the massacres started.

Meanwhile, some 10-12,000 Ukrainians were killed in revenge attacks by Poles, the IPN has said. Poland’s IAR news agency added that some Ukrainians were killed by Poles acting in self-defence, and by other Ukrainians, in retribution for their attempts to help Poles.

The national day of remembrance coincides with the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, 11 July 1943, possibly the bloodiest day of the Volhynia Massacres, when the UPA attacked 100 villages largely inhabited by Poles in what was then Nazi-occupied eastern Poland and is now western Ukraine. (vb/pk)

Source: IAR



Federal government moves to formally recognize NunatuKavut in southern Labrador

The NunatuKavut community in southern Labrador is entering into historic talks with the Canadian government, as Ottawa moves to formally recognize an Indigenous group that speaks for those with Inuit ancestry.

But the announcement Thursday was panned by the neighbouring Innu Nation, whose leaders expressed concern that the negotiations would set back the Innu’s own negotiations with Canada.

Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council, and Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister responsible for Crown-Indigenous relations, announced the start of formal discussions around Indigenous rights and self-determination.

An emotional Russell addressed community members and politicians in central Labrador, saying the recognition of NunatuKavut rights is the most significant announcement from the Crown since the British-Inuit Treaty was signed in 1765.


Federal government moves to formally recognize NunatuKavut in southern Labrador

Uganda: Butaleja Health Workers Subject Patients to Forced Circumcision

By Max Patrick Ocaido

PARLIAMENT. Patients in Butaleja and other neighbouring districts are distressed after health workers subjected them to forced circumcision in exchange for medical care.

The complaint was raised on the floor of Parliament by West Budama North MP, Okoth Othieno who requested Parliament to compel Ministry of Health to explain why the health workers at Busolwe General Hospital in Butaleja District are forcing parents to circumcise their boys, in exchange for medical treatment.

“What is happening is that when mothers carry their children to Busolwe hospital, the health workers force the children to be circumcised and those who refuse to have their children circumcised are denied medical services. This amounts to imposing an alien culture to my people. Why is the Ministry of Health imposing an alien culture of compulsory circumcision on the people of West Budama North?” Othieno said.

Busolwe General Hospital in Butaleja District, also handles patients from other districts, including Tororo, Namutumba and Budaka.

In her ruling, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked the Ministry of Health to investigate the matter and report back to Parliament.