IRF - Institute for Religious Freedom, Kyiv, Ukraine

President Poroshenko approves Strategy for human rights protection
Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:40
The National Strategy for Human Rights aims to unite Ukrainian society around the awareness of values of human rights and freedoms, which should be protected on the basis of equality and without discrimination.
OSCE trains police and prosecutors of Ukraine about religious freedom standards
Monday, 20 July 2015 22:01
OSCE ODIHR seminars for police and prosecutors in Ukraine focus on freedom of religion or belief and hate crimes.
Maksym Vasin: OSCE should stop religious persecution by Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas
Thursday, 02 July 2015 22:40
During last year human rights activists recorded dozens terrible facts of religious persecution in Donbas region in the eastern Ukraine, provided by Russian-backed militants. But another alarming signal is the current position of separatists.
Evidences of religious persecution in Donbas will be shared at the OSCE Meeting in Vienna
Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:22
Human rights activists are going to share the facts, evidences and testimonies of religious persecution by Russian-backed separatists in the occupied territory of Donbas region in the eastern Ukraine.
Human rights activists published evidences of religious persecution in the occupied Donbas
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:44
A new report, “When God Becomes The Weapon”, provides a detailed, unsettling first-hand account of religiously motivated persecution in rebel-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.
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Comments & Analysis

IRF Statement at OSCE Conference on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians

Speaking about the current persecution of Christians in Europe, we can again recall the consequences of the Russian aggression against Ukraine over the last 3 years. Also conflicts arise from implementing the concept of equal opportunities, in particular, from the ambiguous interpretation of the concepts of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Process of live dialogue: Institute for Religious Freedom marks 15 years

For 15 years, the Institute for Religious Freedom has performed an important mission of protecting freedom of conscience and religion in Ukraine and internationally.
Freedom of thought, conscience and religion in Ukraine — Human Rights Report 2015
Annual Report on Human Rights in Ukraine 2015. Section on freedom of thought, conscience and religion.


Situation with Religious Freedom in Crimea 2015 – OSCE Mission's Report
Report of the OSCE Human Rights Assessment Mission on Crimea

International Documents

PACE Resolution 2076 (2015) Freedom of religion and living together in a democratic society
Churches and religious organisations are an integral part of civil society and must, with secular organisations, take part in the life of society. National authorities should take more account of religious communities’ potential to work for dialogue, mutual recognition and solidarity.
PACE Recommendation 2080 (2015) Freedom of religion and living together in a democratic society
The Parliamentary Assembly consequently recommends that the Committee of Ministers set up a stable an officially recognised platform for dialogue between the Council of Europe and senior representatives of religions and non-denominational organisations.

Maksym Vasin's Blog

'Religious' War in Donbas

Ideologists and producers of the Russian occupation of the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine have artificially built in religious hidden motives in the bloody picture of the events in Donbas. 


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