IFLA issues in-depth statement on Russian invasion of Ukraine

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IFLA issues in-depth statement on Russian invasion of Ukraine

IFLA issued another statement in support of Ukraine. Its board of directors released the following, which reads, in part:

IFLA recognizes that when states initiate armed force, ordinary citizens on all sides are the victims. Throughout history, libraries, cultural heritage institutions, literature, language and ideas have been directly attacked in times of conflict. IFLA calls for an immediate end to the conflict to protect people, ideas, libraries and culture. …

IFLA strongly reaffirms its core values ​​of freedom of expression, access to information, high quality service and a commitment to valuing diversity and inclusion in all its forms. IFLA believes that librarians and information professionals around the world share the same intrinsic values. Therefore, the intention cannot be to exclude libraries and librarians on the basis of their nationality, or to isolate them. …

The IFLA Governing Board discussed correspondence and requests for exclusion from Russian IFLA members. According to the statutes, the conditions for exclusion are currently not met and the necessary evidence is lacking that the deputies are behaving in a way that would constitute a valid reason for their exclusion. This decision was taken unanimously at a special meeting of the Governing Board on Friday 18 March 2022. The Governing Board also decided that IFLA would not participate in any event, virtual or physical, organized in Russian Federation until the situation is resolved peacefully.

For more information, read the declaration.

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