Ukrainian Orthodox Church asks for protection from EU diplomats

Moscow, June 17, 2022

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The Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, addressed letters to the ambassadors of the EU countries, the UN mission, the OSCE and other international organizations on Thursday, where he reported on numerous cases of banning or suspending the activities of the UOC by local authorities, reports Interfax Religion.

The Metropolitan mentions that there are currently 36 such cases throughout Ukraine, in particular in the Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zhytomyr, Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kiev, Lviv, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky and Cherkasy regions, the Information and Educational Department of the UOC reports.

According to the representative of the canonical Church, such prohibitions contradict the European Convention on Human Rights, PACE recommendations, as well as the Constitution of Ukraine itself, which states that the state does not interfere in religious life.

“Metropolitan Anthony asked foreign diplomats to inform their governments about the above-mentioned cases of human rights violations, including the right to freedom of conscience and religion in Ukraine,” the UOC said in a statement.

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