Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ukraine face illegal seizure of property

The Religious Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ukraine reports that it is facing the illegal seizure of a portion of its property through a land grab scam commonly known in Ukraine as a property raid | detail

Visits 2043

Another Muslim grave desecrated in the Crimea

The Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of the Crimea reports that another Muslim grave has been desecrated. In the village of Korbekul near Alushta the gravestone of the Muslim holy man Aziz Devletli Baba was smashed | detail

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Crimean Muslim denied right to be photographed in headscarf

The Crimean District Administrative Court has refused to accept the right of Zilekha Kadyrova to use a photograph in a headscarf for her driving licence. | detail

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Muslim Grave in the Crimea desecrated

The Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Crimea has reported that on 13 August, the grave of the Righteous Esender, a Muslim shrine known as Kiarly Azyz, was desecrated | detail

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Volyn Police lawlessness against Hare Krishna devotees

Horokhiv police officers detained five men and held them in a police station for five hours, insulting them, taking their fingerprints. If this were not enough, the head of the police station even tried to hit one of them. | detail

Visits 1008

Land at long last allocated for Soborna Mosque

7 years after beginning the procedure for getting building permission for the Mosque the Crimean Muslims have received the State Act of entitlement to indefinite use of a land site on the outskirts of Simferopol | detail

Visits 1248

Family values the Russian Orthodox Church way?

The supposed apocalyptic threat to Ukraine of western sexual morality, children’s rights and homosexuality and need for Russian Orthodoxy expounded at a Parents’ Forum in Kyiv could be ignored were it not for the central location and endorsement from Ukraine’s Minister of Education | detail

Visits 1140

School crucifixes ’do not breach human rights’

Displaying crucifixes in schools in Italy does not breach the rights of non-Catholic families, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled | detail

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Apparent breakthrough on Crimea’s Soborna Mosque

On Tuesday the Simferopol City Council gave its consent for the preparation of a plan for transferring a land site to the Spiritual Directorate of Crimean Muslims in order to build a Soborna or Assembly Mosque | detail

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Is Freedom of Conscience under Threat in Ukraine?

According to the Ukrainian Association for Religious Freedom during Viktor Yanukovych’s first year as President, observance of freedom of faith has noticeably decreased | detail

Visits 1074

Call for public discussion on any changes to freedom of conscience legislation

The Heads of Ukrainian Churches and Religious Organizations have sent an appeal to the Ministries of Culture and Justice asking for proper public discussion of the draft Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations | detail

Visits 1255

Religious Organizations highlight Present Challenges to Fragile Inter-faith Harmony and Equality

A roundtable on Dialogue between the Authorities and Faiths within the Context of a European Value System has reiterated the need for dialogue, a single body on religious affairs and immense care and consultation with any legislative moves | detail

Visits 1269

All-Ukrainian Council of Churches & Religious Organizations call for a single State agency on religious affairs

The Council is concerned that the abolition of the State Committee of Ukraine on Nationalities and Religions and transfer of its functions to other authorities would jeopardize social harmony and Church-State dialogue | detail

Visits 1263

Lviv authorities to restore Memorial Plaque to Patriarch Joseph Slipy

The memorial plaque erected in 2005 was removed from the wall of what was once the Kharkiv prison where in the 1960s the Patriarch, a prisoner of conscience for 18 years, was held on his way to Siberia | detail

Visits 826

Draft law would give tax concessions to the Moscow Patriarchate

Two National Deputies from the Party of the Regions are proposing to waive tax on the construction of the tallest cathedral in Europe which the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate is undertaking in Kyiv | detail

Visits 988

Quasi-religious Favouritism

The consequences of any form of favouritism tend to be negative. The dangers, however, when one religious group is favoured above others by those in power, as is now happening in Ukraine, are incalculable. | detail

Visits 1270

Evangelical Church leaders seek action over deportation of Ukrainian Bishop from Uzbekistan

The Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches of Ukraine believes that the lack of a proper note of protest from the Foreign Ministry over the deportation from Uzbekistan of Bishup Nesteruk could place other Ukrainians at threat of similar treatment | detail

Visits 781

On the Dissolution of the State Committee on Nationalities and Religion

Under the radical restructuring set out by Presidential Decree, religious organizations will be registered by a newly created State Registration Service and all other functions will fall under the new Ministry of Culture. These changes clash with present legislation which religious organizations believe should not be changed | detail

Visits 1109

Will the Crimean authorities override the President’s word?

The Crimean authorities are once again trying to stop the building of the Soborna or Assembly Mosque in Simferopol | detail

Visits 1401

Kyiv Patriarchate alleges attempt to seize church in the Donetsk region

It asserts that Donetsk businessmen, together with representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate [UOC MP] tried to hold an unlawful “meeting of village residents” in order to formalize documents for transferring the Ascension Church to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate | detail

Visits 796

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