Ukraine participated in the meeting of the Ministers’ Forum within the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance. During the event Emine Dzhaparova, the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, reported that Russia was further oppressing religious freedoms in the annexed Crimea and in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
iDemocracy informs so with the reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. It is indicated that Russia deliberately tries to destroy a tolerant religious environment in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and persecutes representatives of religious groups, especially Crimean Tatars.
«Since the occupation, human rights activists have recorded at least 91 administrative cases against religious organizations and their members in Crimea. Out of 49 religious communities that were active at the beginning of 2014 in Crimea, only 5 function now»,- noted Emine Dzhaparova.
33 members of the Alliance approved a joint statement as the result of the meeting.
«The right to freedom of religion or belief should be pursued across all areas of foreign policy»,–the statement reads.
Let us recall that the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance was established in February 2020 upon the initiative of the US Department of State. It encompasses 33 countries that try to unite efforts of government structures, religious organizations and civil society to protect the freedom of religion and belief in the world.
iDemocracy has previously written that persecution of Crimean Tatars continues on the part of Russia in Crimea.