FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN UKRAINE: CHALLENGES DURING THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WAR

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15407/fd2023.01.111

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Freedom of religion, Russian-Ukrainian war, violation of religious freedom, legislation of Ukraine in the socio-religious sphere, OSCE document 2019 «Freedom of Religion or Belief and Security»

Abstract

The article is updated by several circumstances, which the authors reflect on. In their opinion, there are 1) obvious and external threats — violations of freedom of conscience in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, including Crimea, which arose as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and 2) internally hidden and potential dangers for freedom of religions of Ukrainian citizens.

The well-known examples of discrimination of believers of certain faiths in the so-called DPR-LPR and Crimea given by the authors are constantly updated. Relevant monitoring and analytical reports are prepared by both Ukrainian and international experts. They submitted these reports to international human rights organizations, including the rights for Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Despite such convincing documented materials, separate accusations have recently appeared against Ukraine, which allegedly violates freedom of religion in the territory under its control. Some are trying to prove that Ukraine, taking advantage of the war situation and referring to the spiritual dangers for Ukraine from those religious organizations whose centers are in the aggressor country, threatens some churches, thereby violating the Constitution and the Law on Freedom of Conscience, which guarantee for all citizens, regardless of from their religious affiliation, freedom of religion.

The authors refute these narratives lashed out by Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. Such negative conclusions, which express concern about the situation in Ukraine regarding freedom of conscience and religion, influence on the world public, experts on issues of freedom of conscience, religious organizations, spoil the image of Ukraine as a country with high level of freedom of conscience even among European countries.

Religious freedom, as the authors conclude, needs protection today, but they call for separating real threats from imaginary ones and clearly defining who persecutes, whom he/she persecutes and where persecutes. Ukraine is consistent in its intentions to protect the rights of people and communities, to protect the freedoms of believers and their organizations.

Author Biographies

Anatolii KOLODNYI

Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Principal Research Fellow at the Religious Studies Department, H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, NAS of Ukraine, 4, Triokhsviatytelska St., Kyiv, 01001

Liudmyla FYLYPOVYCH

Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Leading Research Fellow at the Religious Studies Department, H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, NAS of Ukraine, 4, Triokhsviatytelska St., Kyiv, 01001

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2023-03-06

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KOLODNYI, A., & FYLYPOVYCH, L. (2023). FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN UKRAINE: CHALLENGES DURING THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WAR. Filosofska Dumka, (1), 111–130. https://doi.org/10.15407/fd2023.01.111

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