war crimes in Ukraine

The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022.

Similar articles

Draft laws tabled on State-Church relationsRussian court helps prosecution fake evidence in ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar civic activist Russian invaders abduct two Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests from Berdiansk and accuse them of ‘terrorism’ Russia sentences three Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witnesses to six years for 'threatening state security' by discussing the Bible Russia targets entire families in its savage persecution of Crimean Tatars Impassioned appeal from Ukrainian Muslim leader in face of Russia’s war to destroy Ukraine Russia sentences Crimean Tatar religious scholar to 11 years for ‘thought crime’ Russia demands 12-year sentence against Crimean Tatar scholar for studying religion Council of Europe collaborates with Russian agency persecuting Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners Russia illegally imprisons Uzbek refugee after killing her husband in occupied Crimea Russia calls Crimean Tatar physicist & civic journalist a ‘terrorist’ for reporting its lawlessness Russia refuses to allow the refugee it killed in occupied Crimea to be buried Russian FSB caught doctoring anonymous witness testimony in trial of 25 Crimean Tatar activists Russia’s religious persecution for statistics in occupied Crimea Effective death sentence for refusing to help Russian FSB persecute Crimean Tatars 23-year sentence for social media posts about religious persecution and for faith in Russia Russia launches attack on Crimean Tatar elders for speaking out against repressionRussia seeks to imprison three Crimean Tatars for 50 years on thought crime chargesRussia: New legislative initiatives: a threat to NGOs, freedom of assembly, education and moreRussian legislators launch multiple hits against civil society in occupied Crimea and Russia

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

On 10 July the Institute of Religious Freedom [IRF] addressed an appeal in writing to the Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-Ethnic Relations, Oleh Zarubinsky. The appeal stressed the need through legislation to ensure that believers can exercise their right to hold peaceful public gatherings.

The appeal was prompted by a draft law “On the procedure for organizing and holding peaceful gatherings” (No. 2450) passed in its first reading on 3 June. The draft law, which has been sent to the above-mentioned committee to be refined before its second reading excludes from the force of the law “religious rites and ceremonies in cases envisaged by the Law “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations”.

IRF states that “In the interests of the religious community of Ukraine, Churches, religious organizations and all citizens of Ukraine who are believers it is vitally important to introduce a single and standard legislative approach in the exercising the constitutional provisions on organizing and holding peaceful gatherings whether those involved are believers or not”.

It explains that the current provisions of Article 21 § 5 of the Law “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations” are out of date with respect to the Constitution, and that the discrepancy has over the last 10 years lead to erratic application by the authorities, and a number of violations of the right too peaceful assembly by bodies of local self-government. IRF states that some of these violations have even resulted in protests from the Prosecutor’s Office and the relevant appeals to the court.

IRF is therefore suggesting that the Committee extends the scope of the new draft law and introduces the relevant amendments to Article 21 of the Law “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations”.

Maxim Vasin, IRF Executive Director stresses that the changes the Institute is proposing are also in harmony with a new draft version of the law on freedom of conscience which has been prepared by a working group within the State Committee on Nationalities and Religion. The latter envisages that public religious gatherings fall under the same provisions as any other organizations, as per Article 39 of the Constitution.

From material at  

 Share this