|A new Law – foreign religious leaders will be able to obtain a permit for temporary residence in Ukraine|
|Monday, 26 September 2011 22:47|
KYIV – The Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) adopted a new version of the Law "On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons" (draft law # 8570) on September 22, reports the Institute for Religious Freedom.
The document contains a number of new provisions in the regulation of foreigners’ religious activities in Ukraine. The new version of Law will come into force in two months after its publication, on condition that it is signed by the President of Ukraine.
The most important in the context of the freedom of religion are changes which involve solving complications of visa procedures for foreign religious leaders. Thus, parliamentarians took into account the comments of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations on this issue.
The law also allows religious organizations to obtain an approval at the place of statutes’ (regulations) registration (ie at the level of regions, an Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Kyiv and Sevastopol cities) and do not apply to the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, as required by the above-mentioned government resolution.
Translation by Svitlana Sydorenko
© 2011 The Institute for Religious Freedom – Kyiv, Ukraine
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