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 1246

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 1367

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 2060

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 1542

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 1490

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 1521

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 1058

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 1793

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 1861

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 1437

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 1241

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 1863

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

Visits 2049

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

Visits 894

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

Visits 1756

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 903

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 1133

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 1032

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

Visits 762

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

Visits 1239

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