Duliby village, Hoshcha district, Rivne region

In June 2015 the head of the local selfgovernment in village Duliby, Lesia O.Myronchuk, took illegal possession of the official documents of the UOC religious community of vlg. Duliby to further lobby a transfer of the UOC church to the Kyiv Patriarchate. She motivated her actions purportedly by the fact that as a territorial community she is in a position to decide who should own the property of the religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. On 7 July 2015, the head of Duliby village council at the meeting of the territorial community, in support of her unlawful acts towards the UOC community of vlg. Duliby, publicly brought up the issue of conveying the UOC documents to another religious community – the Kyiv Patriarchate. This act overt led eventually to sparking inter-religious animosity among local residents. On the same day she decided to seal off the church with the state seal.

In October 2015 there were held elections to the village council and L.O. Myronchuk wasn’t elected the village council head. On 6 November 2015 the church was opened by the UOC community for divine worship services.


To learn more about religious freedom infringements committed against the UOC believers you are encouraged to consult our detailed reports and statements:

  1. Collection of Information Materials and Documents “Facts, Evidence and Claims Regarding Violations of the Rights of Believers and Religious Organizations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 2014-2016”.
  2. Written Statement of the NGO “Public Advocacy” within the United Nations 28th Universal Periodic Review on Ukraine.
  3. Written Statement of the NGO “Public Advocacy” on the violations against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church within the United Nations 37-th Regular Session.
  4. Statement of the NGO “Public Advocacy”