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Human rights activists call on OSCE to monitor religious persecution in Crimea and Donbas
Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:11
A special event held as part of the annual OSCE meeting in Warsaw was dedicated to the problems of religious freedom in the territories of Ukrainian Crimea and Donbas occupied by Russia.
Ukrainian Council of Churches will cooperate with the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:12
The leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs discussed with the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations directions and practical mechanisms for further cooperation.
Civil society takes joint efforts to release hostages from Russia and the occupied Crimea and Donbas
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 18:17
Religious and public figures, human rights activists and relatives of hostages and political prisoners agreed to cooperate under the Religious Freedom Roundtable in Ukraine.
Russia is responsible for religious oppression in the occupied Crimea and Donbas – RESOLUTION
Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:34

Practices of abduction, torture and extrajudicial executions of clerics and individual believers of most confessions, except the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, are widespread.
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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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