Category Archives: impediment by State

New draft law of Penal code abolishes petty offences inter alia for malicious blasphemy and religious insult.

April 5, 2019 – According to Romfea News, a series of changes having a severe impact on Greek society will emerge from the abolition of the petty offenses with the new draft law of the Penal Code if it remains unchanged and not amended within the framework of consultation. The new draft law is dealing with the revision of the […]

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Current Challenges in Realizing the Freedom of Religion in Montenegro

March 18-20, 2019 – The Conference of European Churches had welcomed to Brussels the Delegation of the Diocese of Montenegro of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The issues discussed during their stay in Brussels were the current challenges in realizing the freedom of Religion in Montenegro, as well as the draft law on church-state relations (regarding property, registration and restitution). The […]

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The Administrative Court of Kiev closed the case on the competence of the President of Ukraine to interfere in activities of the church and religious organizations.

March 26, 2019 –  the District Administrative Court of Kyiv  has completed consideration of the case on the claim of the NGO “Rule of Law” against the President of Ukraine regarding the establishment of a lack of competence (authority) of the head of the state to interfere in the activities of the church and religious organizations, in particular by signing […]

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US Department of State published 2018 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 21, 2019 – US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor,  published its Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2018 in regards to Bosnia and Herzegovina (“the Report”). In particular the Report highlights the problems concerning property restitution and discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina (“BIH”) in regards to the religious minorities, including the Serbian Christian Orthodox minority. As […]

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church Representative to the European International Organisations points out “a further proof of the existence of systematic state policy of discrimination against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church”

March 20, 2019 –  The group of UN Special Rapporteurs,  six months ago, on October 30, 2018, appealed to the competent state bodies of Ukraine with a соmmunication request regarding the violation of the rights of Ukrainian Orthodox Church faithful but they did not receive any answers or response within the prescribed time limit . The UOC Representation to the […]

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