Category Archives: discrimination

Cases of discrimination abound in the Ukrainian Army against clerics of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church

April 12, 2017 – A new pattern has arisen within the Ukrainian Army, where the clerical positions are given to the clergy of the “Kiev Patriarchate” and the Greco-Catholic Churches rather than the majority Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) (UOC-MP), despite protests from the soldiers themselves. According to the Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s collaboration unit with the Armed Forces […]

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Bureaucracy, delays, and lack of transparence – Human Rights organizations’ definition of the authorities’ treatment of religious organizations in Ukraine

March 29, 2017 – Experts have determined a series of problems in Ukraine’s religious sphere, particularly concerning the registration of charters of religious organizations. This information is available at the Institute of Religious Freedoms, in an annual report entitled “Human Rights in Ukraine – 2016”. Upon analyzing the current situation, human rights activists have come to the conclusion that the […]

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Moscow Police misinterprets an Orthodox Christian sign as an extremist message

March 29, 2017 – On March 15, while celebrating the centennial anniversary of the existence of the Appearance of “Derzhavny” icon of the Mother of God, a triumphant, traditional prayerful standing was conducted, dedicated to this anniversary. The “Derzhavnaya” icon is a symbol of the Virgin’s Protection of Russia, and is very venerated by all believers in the country, especially […]

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine refuses to inform international organizations on violation of believers’ rights, – UOC

March 28, 2017 – Authorities do not pay enough attention to violation of the believers’ rights in western regions of Ukraine, reports Chairman of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) Law Department protopriest Alexander Bakhov in the interview to ”Fabor” Charitable Fund. “The authorities continually carry out studies of violation of the believers’ rights in Donbass and the Crimea. Certainly, […]

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In Rivne oblast (Ukraine), the authorities are delaying to return the seized church of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church

March 27, 2017 – It has been more than three months since the representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate ignore the decision of the Superior Agricultural Court of Ukraine, which gave a verdict of eviction. Furthermore, the executive authorities does not allow believers to worship in their rightful place of cult. They are not taking proper action to enforce the court’s […]

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