Expert: Ukraine is One of the Most Successful States in the Post-Communist Space from the Standpoint of Religious Freedom

18 August 2010, 20:13 | Church-state relations | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

druzenko.jpegUkrainian expert Gennadiy Druzenko presented the Ukrainian situation as part of the international reports on Religion and the Secular State during the 18th International Congress of Comparative Law, held on July 25 through August 1, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

“Ukraine  is  religiously  diverse  and  tolerant  of  that  diversity.  The  Ukrainian  state declares itself (and predominantly is) secular. Various religious denominations are treated equally by law. In practice, however, Orthodoxy (and the Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite  in  Western  Ukraine)  enjoys  some  preferences  and  governmental  support.  Even though  current  legislation  in  the  field of  religious  freedom  and  state-church  relations  is generally not of a discriminatory nature, it requires review and elaboration,”  noted the expert. 

He indicated several problems:  the  judicial  system  in  Ukraine  is  young  and  highly  corrupted, customs  and  shady  political  deals  are often substituted for legal regulation and thus influence the church-state relationship more than written  provisions.

“But still  due  to  great  religious  diversity  and  the  absence  of  a dominant institutionalized church, Ukraine  remains one of  the most  successful  states on the post-communist era from the standpoint of religious freedom,” summarizes Gennadiy Druzenko.

The congress, which is organized by the International Academy of Comparative Law, an 86-year-old organization of 333 members from more than 44 countries, is held once every four years in different parts of the world. The first congress was held in 1932 in The Hague; this is the first year the Congress was held in the United States, where it was co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law and hosted by American University Washington College of Law, George Washington University Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

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