Measures on improving conditions for ministers of religion

The Cabinet of Ministers on 21 August passed a Resolution on improving procedure for entry into Ukraine of ministers of religion from other countries and proposed that parliament waive VAT on Bibles imported into the country | detail

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Call to protect right of believers to peaceful assembly

The Institute of Religious Freedom is calling for one law covering all peaceful gatherings, religious or not, and says that the present anomalies have led to violations of believers’ rights | detail

Visits 766

Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Report ignores freedom of conscience issues

The Institute for Religious Freedom has analyzed Nina Karpachova’s first “annual report” since 2005 and found it seriously wanting as regards religious freedom issues | detail

Visits 1423

Parliamentary committee against allowing religious organizations to open educational institutions

Those opposed to the bill claimed that it was in breach of the Constitution and Ukrainian legislation, basically, the separation of religion and State | detail

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Believers cannot do business without ID number

On 17 March the Verkhovna Rada rejected a draft law to bring in amendments to the law on business activities so as to enable believers to carry out business activities without having an identification number | detail

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Good news for private religious school in Donetsk

On 13 March the private school “Rostok” in Donetsk received the permit it needed for carrying out its educational activities in the rented premises | detail

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No further forward on the right of religious groups to found educational institutions

Members of the parliamentary Committee on Culture and Spirituality were unable to come to any decision following their review of a new draft law proposing amendments to law enabling religious organizations to found educational institutions | detail

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Parliamentarians defend private religious school in Donetsk

The school “Rostok”, which was founded and is maintained by the Ukrainian Christian Evangelical Church, is for the second year running encountering obstacles from the authorities | detail

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Finally … the right of religious organizations to land fixed in law

On 30 January the President signed the Law “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding the right of religious organizations to permanent use of land sites”. | detail

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Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of the Crimea condemns Supreme Court ruling on Soborna Mosque

The Directorate is convinced that the ruling will lead to a new string of court hearings dragging out the process of compelling the Simferopol City Council to conclude a lease agreement for land on which to build an Assembly [Soborna] Mosque | detail

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Donetsk bodies of local self-government once again obstruct religious communities

Officials of the Executive Committee of the Donetsk City Council are putting obstacles in the way of believers holding a peaceful gathering on 1 June | detail

Visits 1143

Let’s build our places of worship together!

It is not only Muslims who experience difficulties in the Crimea, with Simferopol parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church encountering no less problems | detail

Visits 2201

Possible breakthrough in finding those who desecrated a Crimean Muslim Cemetery

In a shocking attack just over a month ago, all 220 gravestones in the central Muslim cemetery of the Nizhnyohirske settlement in the Crimea were destroyed | detail

Visits 2383

Jewish community outrage over attack on Muslim cemetery

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Ukraine extends its deep sympathy to the Muslims of the Crimea, especially to those people whose relatives are buried in the graveyard of the Nizhnyohirske Settlemen | detail

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Muslim graves desecrated

Members of the Muslim community in the Crimean Nizhnegorsky settlement are convinced that this was not the wrok of one or two vandalisms, but a planned attack | detail

Visits 2081

Crimean Prosecutor protests against the actions of the Simferopol City Council.

According to the Prosecutor, by allocating a different site for the Soborna Mosque to that applied for , the Council failed to comply with legislation and exceeded its authority | detail

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For a tolerant Crimea

The civic movement “For a tolerant Crimea” has directed an appeal to the Simferopol Mayor and Deputies expressing concern over discrimination against Muslim and other religious communities in the city | detail

Visits 2183

Crimean Muslims begin protest over obstruction in building a Mosque in Simpferopol

On 23 January they held a picket and prayer service in the place where the Simferopol City Council had previously given permission to build the Soborna Mosque. At one of the last sessions, the Council’s deputies reversed this decision | detail

Visits 2180

Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches appeals to the President

The appeal is prompted by cases where police officers have exceeded their authority and flagrantly infringed the rights of believers from Evangelical Protestant Churches | detail

Visits 1004

Compulsory course on the foundations of Orthodox culture in Russia may reach the court in Strasbourg

The Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson has called on the regions forcing children to study the subject to remove the compulsory element however thus far without success and parents are planning to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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