The Council of Europe Lifts Sanctions against Russia Disregarding Human Rights

On Tuesday (25 June), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) lifted sanctions against the Russian delegation, a decision correctly named by some media as a “moral victory of the Kremlin.” The Ukrainian delegation walked out in protest and slammed the decision as an “unacceptable concession to Russia”, write Aaron Rhodes and Willy…

HRWF Establishes New Award for MEPs Who Promote Freedom of Religious Belief outside the EU

HRWF Establishes New Award for MEPs

The Freedom of Religious Belief (FORB) is a fundamental  right in the countries of the European Union. However, social hostility towards certain religious groups is also widespread and threatens social cohesion, writes Willy Fautré Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers. The phenomenon is not new. In the 1980s-1990s, non-mainstream religious groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses or…

Will the Ukraine Orthodox Church Linked To Moscow Suffer From A Haemorrage Of Its Parishes?

Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Statistics about the change of jurisdiction by parishes of the Metropolitan Onufry-led Ukrainian Orthodox Church in communion with the Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church (UOC) to the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine, led by the Metropolitan Epifaniy in communion with Constantinople (OCU) are clashing but do not show a haemorrhage. According to various…