Crimean Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and its believers attacked

In the Crimean village of Perevalne believers at a church under the Kyiv Patriarchate have been attacked by armed men, probably so-called ‘Cossacks’, and the church itself seriously vandalized | detail

Visits 2588

Crimea and religious freedom

A worrying outline of some of the ways in which the right of religious freedom in Crimea is under threat after Russian occupation | detail

Visits 2149

Ukraine’s faiths unite in response to Russian military aggression

Ukraine’s three main churches are working together in providing spiritual and moral support to Ukraine’s soldiers, while pressure on the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has prompted the Crimean Tatars to offer their mosques for church services | detail

Visits 3298

Anti-Semitism as a Weapon of Political Technology

The propaganda campaign accompanying the street confrontations has seen the use of the entire range of the political technology arsenal, including the most dirty tricks. A common currency in the confrontation has been the ‘Jewish Question’. | detail

Visits 2839

Vaad Ukraine condemns efforts to use anti-Semitism for political gain

The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine demand adequate investigation of recent anti-Semitic attacks. They warn that given overt attempts to use the topic of anti-Semitism to discredit the opposition and civil protest movement, the Jewish community should be especially vigilant. | detail

Visits 4232

Imitating Response to Attack on Freedom of Conscience

If Viktor Yanukovych’s official response to the pressure on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and its clergy was supposed to reduce the negative fallout, it failed | detail

Visits 2533

Culture Ministry threatens Church over prayers on Maidan

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church notes that for the first time in independent Ukraine the Church has been threatened with loss of its legal status | detail

Visits 1793

Lviv Priest becomes the latest traffic police target

The latest target of illegal visitations by traffic police officers is the Lviv Greek Catholic priest, Father Mykhailo Dymyd, who has been ministering to members of the Lviv EuroMaidan | detail

Visits 2330

Outrage over disruption to Islamic Women’s conference in Simferopol

The Insaf League of Muslim Women has issued a statement regarding the extraordinary events on 5 October in Simferopol aimed at sabotaging the Crimean Islamic Women’s Conference “Culture and Civilization. On the Path to Development”s | detail

Visits 1568

Yet another Muslim cemetery desecrated in the Crimea

There would seem to be no let up in the worrying sharp increase in attacks on places of religious and cultural importance for the Crimean Tatar people seen in 2012 | detail

Visits 1189

Yanukovych refuses to defend religious freedom in Ukraine

The President has ignored calls from Church leaders, other religious organizations and public figures to veto a law introducing disastrous amendments to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations | detail

Visits 1339

Weekend attacks fuel inter-ethnic friction in the Crimea

In the early hours of 1 December around 100 people forcibly dismantled unauthorized buildings erected by Crimean Tatars. A few hours later a guard at the site of the future Soborna Mosque was attacked and Molotov cocktails thrown | detail

Visits 2007

Draft Law 10221: the end to religious freedom?

Recently passed amendments to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations threaten to destabilize the already fragile balance between denominations and seriously complicate life for believers | detail

Visits 1483

Call to veto law restricting freedom of worship

NGOs, community leaders and academics are calling on President Yanukovych to veto Draft Law № 10221 on amendments restricting freedom of religion in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1448

Parliament increases control over religious organizations

Despite agreement with the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, parliament has adopted in full a law which makes major amendments to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations. | detail

Visits 1485

Crimean Muslims protest over repressive measures from authorities

The Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Crimea accuses the authorities of measures aimed at destroying Islamic educational establishments | detail

Visits 1024

Anger over latest desecration of Crimean Muslim religious symbols

Spokesperson for the Spiritual Directorate of Crimean Muslims, Aider Adzhimambetov warns that if the police this time don’t find those responsible for the latest act of vandalism of Muslim graves, patience could be exhausted | detail

Visits 1750

Grave of Muslim Holy Man desecrated in the Crimea

On 22 May the gravestone at the grave of the Muslim Holy Man Eskender (Kyarly Aziz) near the village of Novoulyanovsk in the Bakhchysari district was destroyed, probably with a sledge hammer | detail

Visits 1822

Evangelical Baptists accuse Sumy police of torture

Fellow members of the congregation held a picket with a sign reading “They torture people here” after two members of the Church of Evangelical Baptists were allegedly subjected to blows, abuse and threats by officers of the Zarichny Police Station. | detail

Visits 1393

Protest over religious discrimination in the Crimea

100 well-known figures in the Crimea have signed an appeal accusing the Simferopol authorities of discrimination and of provoking inter-ethnic and inter-denominational conflict in the region | detail

Visits 1206

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