IRF - Institute for Religious Freedom, Kyiv, Ukraine

Is freedom of conscience under threat in Ukraine?
Friday, 11 February 2011 15:26
КYIV – According to the Ukrainian Association for Religious Freedom during Viktor Yanukovych’s first year as President, observance of freedom of faith has noticeably decreased. The President, they state, demonstrates his affiliation to the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate and this is damaging relations between the authorities and other religious denominations.
Churches call authority of Ukraine for public discussion on any changes to freedom of conscience legislation
Thursday, 03 February 2011 18:12
КYIV – The leaders of Ukrainian churches and religious organizations have sent an appeal to the Ministries of Culture and Justice asking for proper public discussion of the draft Law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations". They expect the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to hold consultations with the public regarding the planned legislative changes for introducing new procedure for registering religious organizations.
Prepared a new wording draft of Law on freedom of conscience in Ukraine
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:41
КYIV – The new wording draft of the Law of Ukraine "On the Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations", developed by the State Committee of  Ukraine on Nationalities and Religions, offers many innovations in the area of ensuring the right to the freedom of confession, registering religious organizations, and church-state relations. 
Experts & religious leaders highlight present challenges to fragile inter-faith harmony and equality in Ukraine
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 11:00
КYIV – A roundtable on Dialogue between the Authorities and Churches within the Context of a European Value System, sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, was held in Kyiv on 20 December 2010.  It was attended by members of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, the Institute for Religious Freedom, representatives of the authorities and experts.
All-Ukrainian Council of Churches call for a single state agency in Ukraine on religious affairs
Friday, 17 December 2010 15:46
КYIV – The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations declared at a special session on Thursday, 14 December, that Ukraine needs a single State body in charge of religious affairs. They expressed concern that the abolition of the State Committee of Ukraine on Nationalities and Religions and transfer of its functions to other authorities would jeopardize social harmony and Church-State dialogue.
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Terror in occupied territories of eastern Ukraine: IRF published the facts of religious persecutions
The Institute for Religious Freedom has presented the Report “Religious freedom at gunpoint: Russian terror in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine.”
Brochure about the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (2016)
The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) was established in December 1996 as an interfaith institution, aiming to unite the efforts of various denominations to focus on the spiritual revival of Ukraine, coordination of interfaith dialogue in Ukraine and abroad, participation in a legislative process on church-state issues, and the implementation of comprehensive charitable actions.

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.


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. 


IRF Report

Report “Religious freedom at gunpoint"

Russian terror in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine.

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