OKSANA KOLIADA: UKRAINE IS OBLIGED TO MONITOR OBSERVANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION IN THE TERRITORY OF TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED CRIMEA AND TO RESPOND ACCORDINGLY
«The state is obliged to record violations carried out by the Russian Federation in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea and to respond accordingly», ‒ said Oksana Koliada, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
This was discussed during a meeting initiated by the rector of the cathedral, Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimean UOC-KP Klyment. The meeting was joined by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, and the Representative Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the public.
As a result of the meeting, it was decided to:
- regulate property rights to the building of the largest church of the UOC of the Peninsula - the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral, which is located in the centre of Simferopol;
- on an ongoing basis cover the topic of oppression of the Russian Federation, which is carried out in Crimea in relation to the church, the religious community and the destruction of cultural and historical heritage of Ukraine and Ukrainians by the occupation authorities. It is important to publicize the actions of the Russian Federation, including on international platforms. In particular, in the coming days, the Minister will voice this issue during the speech at the UN General Assembly;
- make a quality audit of the damage that the Russian Federation does by its actions on the Peninsula;
- support from the state, with the help of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, to accompany personal complaints of parishioners of the UOC in international courts on violations of religious rights (there are more than 100 of them);
- develop and submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a bill that would regulate property rights on the Peninsula and develop a Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to resolve the issue of property rights in relation to the premises of the church and its equipment.
«I don’t see any reason to find out why all this was not resolved for the past 6 years. The main thing is to make own action plan and move on. But first I asked Klyment to stop the hunger strike, because we cannot miss such a patriotic person, such a fighter for Ukraine and Ukrainians, who he is», ‒ said Oksana Koliada.