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
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
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
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
Vandalism and grave disrespect to believers in Kharkiv
A memorial plaque to Patriarch Joseph Slipy, erected in 2005 has been 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 imprisoned
US State Department publishes 2010 International Freedom Report
The report on Ukraine found no major problems during this period although it commented that local officials at times took sides in disputes between religious organizations. The events at the end of July involving obstruction by traffic police of believers fall outside the reporting period.
Concern expressed over reduction in religious freedom in Ukraine
The Ukrainian Association for Religious Freedom at a recent meeting pointed to a a worsening in relations between faiths. The reason for this was seen as being the special attitude to one particular Church demonstrated by those in power
OSCE Conference criticizes Ukraine for infringing believers’ rights
The US Delegation are scathing of obstructions or bans on movement and peaceful protests, including the obstruction of believers from the Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate trying to reach Kyiv for ceremonies to mark the Festival of the Baptism of Kyiv-Rus on 28 July 2010
MIA denies any obstruction by traffic police
The Minister of Internal Affairs has, in response to a deputys query, asserted that an official check by the MIA found that there had been no cases where the traffic people obstructed believers of the Orthodox Church under the Kyivan Patriarchate. No explanation for specific cases cited was given
Concerns over freedom of conscience in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan authorities are refusing to register Evangelical communities under the new law on religion
How the Traffic Police do not ensure safe travelling
The traffic police have almost certainly now been used twice to deny citizens their most fundamental human rights. With local elections looming, the consequences of ignoring such violations surely do not need to be spelled out
Call for investigation into police obstruction of supporters of the Kyiv Patriarchate
The Minister of Internal Affairs should carry out a thorough check into numerous violations by the police of the rights of believers from the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate [UOC KP) during their attempted pilgrimage to Kyiv to celebrate the Baptism of Kyivan Rus.
UHHRU: President formalizes onslaught on freedom of information
Despite calls from human rights, media and business groups, the President yesterday signed into law the potentially disastrous Law on Personal Data Protection
Ukrainian Council of Churches calls for real safeguards of peaceful assembly
At present religious organizations are discriminated against since the law on freedom of conscience imposes a permission-based system of informing, 10 days in advance, of a planned religious gathering
Ukrainian Muslim woman loses court battle for the right to be photographed in headscarf
The court had been asked to find that the procedure for getting a passport which made it impossible for her to be photographed in her hijabi was in breach of Article 3 of the Law of Freedom of Conscience as well as Article 35 of the Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of worship.
Important Precedent from the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University
I would like to ask one key question: how many trials do we have to still go through before we understand that the old Soviet model of subjugating university rectors by making them dependent is a relic of a totalitarian era which we have supposedly put aside?
Spooked by spooks
The British journalist Economist has drawn attention to certain behaviour by relations between Russian and Ukrainian Security Services, and, noting the recent visit by the SBU to the Ukrainian Catholic University says that “the difference between its tactics and those of the Russias FSB seems to be narrowing”
Disturbing Security Service Visit to the Ukrainian Catholic University
The following Memorandum from Fr. Borys Gudziak, Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University concerns a visit from the SBU, which as Fr. Gudziak points out, is the successor to the Soviet KGB. It warrants attention from all those concerned about the development of democratic institutions and protection of fundamental human rights in Ukraine
Ukrainian Muslim woman contests right to be photographed in headscarf
A Kyiv court is hearing a case which could create a legal precedent: Susanna Ismailova from Bakhchysarai is demanding that the Ministry of Internal Affairs allow her to have a passport photo taken in her hijab or Muslim headscarf
Parliamentarians propose ban on “totalitarian sects”
Representatives of the main Churches and specialists have already slammed one such draft law, believing that such legislative initiatives unwarrantedly narrow the right to freedom of religion whereas dangerous totalitarian sects can even now be stopped in accordance with current legislation