Ukrainian Library Association Statement on the International Conference “Crimea 2014”
Ukrainian Library Association declares protest against the decision to hold an International Conference “Crimea 2014” in Sudak, Crimea. For twenty years librarians from Russia, Ukraine and other countries have gathered together to discuss the current problems of the development of library science and information delivery. For many years, the Ukrainian Library Association has been one of the co-organizers of this conference; members of the Ukrainian Library Association actively worked in the organizing committee, supervisory board, the program committee of the conference, and participated in its work. However, in light of recent events – the illegal “referendum” on the status of Crimea, illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and non-recognition by Ukraine and the international community of these illegal acts – the Ukrainian Library Association considers it unacceptable to hold this international conference in Crimea.
In light of the foregoing, the Ukrainian Library Association CALLS:
Chief organizer of the “Crimea” conference, Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, to cancel the decision to hold the conference in the Crimean Autonomic Republic and to move it into the territory of the Russian Federation.
Ukrainian and Russian colleagues, professionals and managers of libraries, publishers, booksellers and bookselling organizations, museums, archives, information centers, universities, colleges, computer and Internet companies, business, law, institutions of science, culture and education, as well as experts from other countries not to take part in the conference, if it is held on the territory of Crimea.
IFLA to not support the international conference “Crimea-2014” on the territory of Crimea — illegally annexed by the Russian Federation, and not to hold an IFLA Forum during the Crimean conference.
March 24, 2014
Тетяна Ярошенко, директор наукової Бібліотеки Національного університету «Києво-Могилянська академія»
Tetiana Yaroshenko, PhD, University Librarian, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Аcademy
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