• 13 February 2018, 12:52 | Legislation | 

    Andriy Yurash: Ukraine has the world’s most liberal legislation on religion

    According to the law, Ukrainian state has only minimal possibilities for analyzing what is happening during the registration of religious communities and, in fact, cannot influence their further actions. Although sometimes it only harms.

  • 8 December 2017, 09:19 | Legislation | 

    Verkhovna Rada terminates re-registration of religious organizations

    Ukrainian Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) adopted amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine, which cancel the re-registration of religious organizations and guarantee automatic inclusion in the Register of non-profit institutions and organizations.

  • 6 December 2017, 12:25 | Legislation | 

    Parliament intensifies responsibility for sexual abuse and domestic violence

    Ukrainian Parliament has adopted the Law “On Amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine to implement the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence” (registration No. 4952).

  • 5 December 2017, 13:57 | Legislation | 

    Parliament to consider the Law to repeal reregistration of religious organizations

    Ukraine’s Parliament will consider draft Law 6696, aimed at canceling the re-registration of religious organizations and automatically entering them in the Register of non-profit institutions and organizations.

  • 21 November 2017, 13:32 | Legislation | 

    Law 4128 to eliminate danger of people in military fatigues near churches

    The procedure for changing by a religious community of its own jurisdiction can be determined by two clear mechanisms that are proposed in draft law 4128, which complements the basic law on religious affiliation. This was announced today in Kyiv, on November 21, by MP Viktor Yelenskiy, one of the authors of draft law 4128 during a press conference on the “Results and Challenges of State-Religious Policy in Ukraine.”

  • 16 November 2017, 11:23 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukraine declares Christmas day according to Gregorian calendar its national day off

    The explanatory note to the new Ukrainian law says that about a third of all Christian communities of Ukraine consider December 25 a holiday.

  • 13 November 2017, 14:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    MPs to vote the Christmas according to Gregorian calendar official day off

    On Thursday, MPs of Ukraine will vote for a law on the possibility of official celebration of Christmas in two calendars - Julian and Gregorian. MP Viktor Ukolov reported this on his Facebook page.

  • 19 October 2017, 13:35 | Legislation | 

    The Council of Churches supported bill No. 5294 against domestic violence

    During the meeting, representatives of the Council of Churches supported the draft of the Bill No. 5294, reports the Institute of Religious Freedom.

  • 18 October 2017, 09:33 | Religion and society | 

    Russian refugee Muslims may be unable to get asylum in Ukraine

    Muslims who flee from Russia due to constant repression may be unable to receive asylum in the territory of Ukraine. In the absence of a clear migration policy, border guards and DHS workers decide for themselves to whom to provide asylum.

  • 9 October 2017, 12:06 | Legislation | 

    Ministry of Justice to give clarifications on Law on registration of religious organizations

    The Ministry of Justice will distribute its clarifications among the territorial justice administrations regarding the peculiarities of state registration of religious organizations.

  • 21 September 2017, 09:58 | Church-state relations | view photo | 

    Non-profit status of religious organizations discussed in Kyiv

    On Wednesday, September 20, a roundtable discussion was held dedicated to "Peculiarities of the legal status of religious organizations in the legal framework of Ukraine: non-profit statu"”. The event was organized by the Department of Foreign Relations of the Patriarchal Curia of the UGCC in Ukraine.

  • 8 September 2017, 10:32 | Legislation | 

    Parliamentary committee supports abolition of notarization of religious organizations’ charters

    The Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship recommends that Ukraine’s Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) adopts Bill No. 6642, which envisages the abolition of the requirement for notarization of the signatures as an unnecessary intermediate link in the process of registering the charters of religious organizations.

  • 21 June 2017, 10:38 | Legislation

    UGCC is proposing to hold off ratification of Istanbul convention

    Representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church are concerned about the possible ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the fight against these phenomena (Istanbul Convention), Bill 0119.

  • 16 June 2017, 12:23 | Faith and weapon

    Government law provides for alternative service during mobilization

    The government bill provides for an opportunity for alternative service during mobilization, as well as a deferral from the conscription for priests.

  • 18 May 2017, 19:11 | Legislation

    Parliament fails to consider church-related bills

    Parliament of Ukraine has not started discussing the sensational religious laws, the MPs simply could not get round to them. Today the MPs discussed medical and agricultural issues. A package of documents on culture and spirituality was at the end of the list.

  • 18 May 2017, 11:13 | Protests and conflicts | view photo

    UOC (MP) gathers protesters at the Parliament

    Today, May 18, representatives of the UOC (MP) took to the Parliament to oppose changes to religious law. The protesters called them “anti-church laws.”In particular, Bill No 4128 (the procedure for jurisdiction change) and No. 4511 (on a special status for denominations whose centers are located in Russia).

  • 17 May 2017, 11:39 | Legislation

    Church-related bills Nos. 4128 and 4511: main points

  • 17 May 2017, 09:19 | International relations

    Russian religious foundations placed on sanction lists

    Among the list of entities subject to the sanctions was Valeriy Kaurov, head of the “Union of Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine,” acting against the territorial integrity of Ukraine. He appears in hacked mail of Kirill Frolov, who planned civil disobedience in Ukraine.

  • 16 May 2017, 11:16 | Legislation

    UOC (MP) is preparing a protest rally throughout Ukraine

    The faithful of the UOC (MP) across Ukraine are protesting against the adoption by Ukrainian Parliament of Bills 4128 and 4511 scheduled for May 18. This was reported by the Information and Education Department of the UOC (MP), having received information from press services of their dioceses.

  • 30 March 2017, 12:20 | Religion and society

    Draft law submitted to Ukrainian Parliament to prohibit abortion at woman's will

    Member of Ukrainian Parliament (faction “Poroshenko Bloc”) Dmitry Golubov offers to allow abortion for medical reasons only or if conception occurred as a result of rape.