2022-06-16 19:46:00

Ukrainian Orthodox Church asks EU diplomats for protection

Moscow, June 16, Interfax - Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), sent letters on Thursday to ambassadors of the European Union countries, the United Nations mission, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations, where he identified numerous cases of the banning or suspension of activities of the UOC by local authorities.

The metropolitan mentioned that there are currently 36 such cases throughout Ukraine, in particular in Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kiev, Lvov, Rovno, Sumy, Ternopol, Khmelnytsky and Cherkasy regions, the UOC Information and Education Department said.

This kind of ban contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's recommendations, as well as the Ukrainian Constitution, which stipulates non-interference of the state in religious life, the representative of the canonical Church said.

"Metropolitan Anthony asked foreign diplomats to brief the governments of their countries on the mentioned cases of violations of human rights and the right to freedom of conscience and religion in Ukraine," the UOC said in a statement.