The request to the UN was initiated by the human rights organization NGO Public Advocacy on behalf of Archbishop Seraphim of Ivano-Frankovsk and Kolomyia after legal expertise of the case by VSI Za zmogaus apsauga (Lithuania). More...
The written statement addresses the issue of an unprecedented draft law, presented to the Knesset in July 2017 containing grounds for the infringements of the rights of religious organizations to own land, in particular, providing for the possibility of land confiscation.
The Jerusalem Patriarchate was supported by the following Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem:
+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator, Latin Patriarchate;
+Fr. Francesco Patton, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land;
+Archbishop Anba Antonious, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem;
+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate;
+Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East;
+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land;
+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate;
+Msgr. Georges Dankaye’, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate.
Head of the NGO “Public Advocacy” DENYSOV Oleg met with His Eminence Metropolitan of Argolis NECTARIOS (Antonopoulos) of the Greek Orthodox Church. At the meeting a discussion was held on the issues pertaining to religion-based human rights violations of Orthodox Christians in Greece and Ukraine. Upon the suggestion of Metropolitan Nectarios, a number of documents on the rights protection were developed. On his part, His Eminence sent an appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council, arousing his serious concern over violations of the rights of believers in Ukraine.
The parties discussed the possible ways of further protection of the rights of Orthodox Christians in Greece and Ukraine via the system of the international human rights bodies and mechanisms.
On consideration of the issue of observance of religious freedoms in Ukraine within the framework of the meeting of the working group of the Universal Periodic Review of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council
On 15.11.2017 representatives of NGO "Public Advocacy" took part in the meeting of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.See more.
The Ukrainian human rights organisation “Public Advocacy” published the Report on violations of the rights and freedoms of religious organisations: Facts, Evidence and Claims Regarding Violations of the Rights of Believers and Religious Organizations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 2014-2016
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