Statement from ALIA on the situation in Ukraine

Canberra, 3 March: As the association representing library and information workers in Australia, ALIA stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and join with IFLA, Blue Shield and the international community in protesting all violent action.

One of ALIA’s key objects it to “endorse the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights-Article 19… in response to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future.”

Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts the right of all people to freedom of opinion and expression, including the “freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers."

 To stand by this, we as a profession based in and working with communities, have a key role in providing accurate information to support democracy, freedom of expression and in standing up for peace and respect of all people.

Now is time, both individually and as a collective, to find effective ways to advocate for and support the people of the Ukraine. Here are a range of ways that you can help.

Read the IFLA statement.

Read the Blue Shield statement.