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CILIP’s Statement of Solidarity with librarians, archivists and information professionals in Ukraine

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CILIP Scotland President Amina Shah and Chair of our Trustee Board Heather Marshall have signed CILIP’s joint Statement of Solidarity with librarians, archivists and information professionals in Ukraine.

‘We the undersigned, representing the UK community of librarians, archivists and information professionals, wish to extend our solidarity and support for our professional colleagues in Ukraine during the current military action by Russia’, notes the statement.

‘We are gravely concerned at the threat posed by this action to the safety of the Ukrainian people, their heritage and identity, as well as to the security of our professional colleagues.

Ukraine is a nation with a rich literary heritage and tradition. Its libraries and archives are home to great collections of works of literature, history and research, documenting the development of Ukrainian culture, identity and language. It is of vital importance to ensure that this body of knowledge, research and creativity is protected for future generations.

The integrity of the public record as well as the safety and intellectual freedom of the civilian population are pre-requisites of any Nation State that aspires to legitimacy or credibility within the international community.

Librarians, archivists and information professionals play a vital role in promoting reading, literacy and access to information for the citizens and communities they serve. It is essential that they are permitted to continue this work in safety and free from coercion or threat.

We encourage political leaders in the UK Government and international community to work together in order to restore peace and security for Ukraine as a member of the international community in good standing and subject to the international agreements and accords already set in place to guarantee this security, including compliance with the international obligations under the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, and its protocols.

The library, archive and information professional community in the UK will work with our colleagues around the world to offer whatever support and solidarity we can to our professional colleagues in Ukraine.’

It can seem like a small thing in the face of such horrific circumstances but CILIP know from prior experience that messages of solidarity are very important to colleagues who find themselves in theatres of conflict or disaster zones around the world.

If you would like to add your name to the joint Statement of Solidarity, please click here to sign with your name, job title and organisation. You may keep your job title and organisation private, but we will need this information for individual verification.

Thank you.

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