IRF - Institute for Religious Freedom, Kyiv, Ukraine

New procedure for registration of religious organizations was introduced in Ukraine
Friday, 08 February 2019 14:56
The new law introducing the requirements for the transition to another denomination and obliges to re-register all religious organizations of Ukraine.
Religious leaders urged to release the captured Ukrainians and other Kremlin’s prisoners
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:38
Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations urges to release the captured Ukrainians, political prisoners and other hostages, which are held in Russia and in the occupied territories of the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.
In the captured prayer house in Makiivka, the occupation authorities opened a Civil Registry Office
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:52
Pro-Russian occupation authorities solemnly announced about the opening of a Civil Registry Office in the previously seized prayer house in Makiivka city of the Donetsk region.
Religious freedom threatened: Ukrainian Parliament adopted the draft law #4128-D without discussion with the churches
Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:10
The Parliament of Ukraine hastily adopted the draft law #4128-D without any discussion and without a second reading, ignoring numerous remarks of the churches and experts.
290 churches and NGOs supported Turchynov in his statement in favor family values
Friday, 18 January 2019 20:36
160 church communities and 130 non-governmental organizations publicly expressed their support for Oleksandr Turchynov's position in favor family values and against imposing gender ideology.
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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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