Category Archives: Reaction to Freedom of Assembly

Human rights activists: Obstructing UOC Cross Procession is a criminal offence

July 26, 2018. Commenting on media reports on precluding by authorities of participation of the UOC believers in the procession, human rights activists say it is a criminal offense. According to the explanatory note made by NGO Public Advocacy, precluding a religious rite is a criminal offense under article 180 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. This is stated on […]

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UOC reports to OSCE on barring believers from participation in procession

July 26, 2018.  OSCE representatives recorded all facts of obstructing by authorities of UOC believers’ participation in the cross procession on the occasion of 1030th anniversary of Rus Baptism. Archbishop Clement of Nezhin and Priluki reported on facts of infringement of the rights of believers to representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine during the meeting on July 25 […]

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50 parishes of Ukrainian Orthodox Church have been seized in recent years

March 1, 2018. According to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, 50 parishes of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church have been forcefully seized by the non-canonical Kivien Patriachate in recent years, reports Interfax-Religion. “It’s a very difficult situation in Ukraine. There are real persecutions against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. 50 churches have been forcefully seized in recent […]

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Reaction of the chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society and the Media to the situation in the Annunciation Church in Kolomiya.

November 9, 2017. The chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society and the Media Vladimir Legoida recently addressed the sorrowful events occurring with the Annunciation Church in Kolomiya, Ukraine, calling the situation, in which Uniates have stolen the church from the Orthodox faithful, outrageous, reports pravoslavie.ru. “It is absolutely unthinkable what is happening with the parishioners of the […]

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Georgian prisoners in Turkey on hunger strike for place to pray

August 7, 2017. 150 Georgian citizens, serving sentences for various crimes in Turkey, have declared a hunger strike in their Constantinople prison. Among their demands is an area for prayer, reports Georgian news station Rustavi-2. Family members of the prisoners speak about cruelty to convicts and have accused diplomatic representatives of negligence. “150 prisoners, all Georgians, are on a hunger […]

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