IRF - Institute for Religious Freedom, Kyiv, Ukraine

Christians urge Russia to return the house of prayer to believers in Bakhchisarai of the Crimea
Monday, 12 December 2016 18:24

Evangelical Christians and other believers from Ukraine protested against the actions of the occupational government of Russia in Bakhchisarai city of the Crimea, where the local Pentecostal Church “Voice of Hope” was forbidden to worship in their own building.
Ukrainian Council of Churches visited soldiers and prayed for peace in Donbas (VIDEO)
Monday, 07 November 2016 18:00

Heads of сhurches and religious organizations visited Kramatorsk, praying for peace in Ukraine, met with soldiers and the relatives of captives. 
Religious persecution in eastern Ukraine is a consequence of the Russian aggression (VIDEO)
Thursday, 29 September 2016 19:03

Until now numerous temples and places of worship remain under control of the Russian-backed separatists.
Public religious meetings in Ukraine can be carried out without permits of authorities – Court's judgment
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:59

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the demand that permission be received from the local authorities for holding a religious peaceful assembly.
Council of Churches calls for the release of hostages from captivity in eastern Ukraine
Thursday, 08 September 2016 12:45

The Ukrainian Council of Churches calls on Russian religious leaders and the World Council of Churches to promote the release of hostages in eastern Ukraine as a manifestation of mercy.
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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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