Category Archives: discrimination

Destruction of Orthodox holy sites continues in Albania

June 15, 2017 – The Orthodox heritage in Albania has suffered another blow with the decay of the Monastery of St. Athanasius in Kato Lenitsa, founded in 1797. Due to the idleness of authorities, who confiscated the monastic buildings but undertook no measures to restore the landmark, the monastery sustained irreparable damage in the winter of 2017. The monastery currently […]

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Ukrainian parliament to consider bills that would ban canonical Orthodox Church

May 15, 2017 – The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider two draft laws on the status of religious organizations on May 18, one of which would effectively prohibit the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the second of which would legalize the seizure of churches. The first bill, No. 4511, “On the special status of religious organizations with […]

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Unjustified claim with the police, in attempt to take away children from Orthodox priest and demolish Orthodox church

April 24, 2017 – Human rights activist Oleg Denisov has called to rally support for a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) (UOC-MP), who is being pursued by the Kiev Patriarchate for having a church in a tent. Members of the Kiev Patriarchate are accusing him of having “pro-Moscow” views and other “sins”. They have filed complaints to […]

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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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