New York, November 12, 2021
The United Nations has again recognized the fact of persecution against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and is again calling on the Ukrainian state to protect the rights of the Church and to prosecute violations.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee published yesterday its conclusions from its most recent session on the fulfillment of international obligations by Ukraine.
Regarding the Orthodox Church, the Council states:
45. The Committee is concerned at reports of violence, intimidation and acts of vandalism of places of worship in connection with the process of transitioning churches and religious communities from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Committee is further concerned at the reported inaction of the police in such incidents and the lack of information on investigations conducted by the State party (art. 18).
According to the Committee, the state should:
(a) Guarantee the effective exercise of freedom of religion and belief, including by ensuring protection of places of worship against violence, intimidation and acts of vandalism; and
(b) Ensure that all cases of violence are thoroughly and promptly investigated and sanctioned.
Representatives of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” repeatedly try to talk about the “voluntary” conversion of parishes from the canonical to the schismatic Church, though it is well known that this is simply a lie. The UN itself has reported on violence against the Church several times.
On the other hand, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who created the OCU together with the Ukrainian and American states, has never addressed the fact of violence against the Church, and during his recent trip to Ukraine, he even refused to meet with any of the Ukrainian laity.