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Parliamentarians Propose to Ban on “Totalitarian Sects” in Ukraine
Monday, 11 January 2010 13:57
KYIV – A draft law has been tabled in parliament proposing amendments and additions to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations” regarding a ban on the activities of what are termed totalitarian religious sects (reg. no. 5473). The draft law envisages prohibition on involving children and young people under 18 in religious organizations’ activities without the permission of their lawful representatives. It also proposes a ban on the creation and functioning in Ukraine of totalitarian religious sects.
Draft Law Restricting Freedom of Conscience Tabled in Ukrainian Parliament
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 12:27
KYIV – The draft law “On amendments to some legislative acts on countering extremism” permits restriction of freedom of conscience in cases involving terrorism, extremism and fundamentalism. The document suggests imposing administrative and criminal liability for propaganda of extremism and fundamentalism. The Institute of Religious Freedom in Kyiv notes that the draft law also envisages restrictions on freedom of conscience in cases involving  terrorism, extremism and fundamentalism, yet does not provide a definition or the characteristics of such activities.
Ukraine’s State Committee Warns Accuses “New Generation” Evangelical Church of Violating Law
Thursday, 02 April 2009 11:22
On photo: Alexiy Lediaev. Photo's source: invictory.orgKYIV — Head of the State Committee of Ukraine on Matters of Nationalities and Religions, Oleksandr Sagan sent a letter to the head of the Spiritual Council of Evangelical Christians of the “New Generation” Church, Andrii Tyshchenko, regarding the organization’s violations of Ukrainian law.

“According to the requirements of Article 24 of the Law of Ukraine ‘On the Freedom of Worship and Religious Organizations’...
Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Worried about Psychological Propaganda
Friday, 03 April 2009 14:34
Photo's source: podrobnosti.uaKYIV — During a speech at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 1 April 2009, the Vice Speaker of Ukrainian Parliamen, Mykola Tomenko expressed concern over the use of psychological propaganda by religious organizations. He underlined the increasingly large number of events whereby religious organizations employ various illegal psychological and psychotherapeutic techniques (i.e. hypnosis).
Ukrainian President Makes Annual Address to Parliament
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 12:06

Photo by Mykola LazarenkoKYIV — On 31 March 2009, Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko made an annual address to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the development of the Ukrainian state. Yushchenko stated: “We are being established as a unified Ukrainian nation with its distinctive character, culture and language, tradition and history, born by our land. And at the same time, as a unified political nation, which is formed without division in views, faith, word, or origin.”

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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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