In January 2019, Ukraine adopted a law regulating the procedure for the transfer of church parishes to the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Earlier, the deputies voted for the document renaming the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. In an interview to a correspondent of the DPR official website, Ombudsman Daria Morozova commented on the fact of systematic violation of the right of citizens to religious freedom.
“The right to religious freedom has been violated completely. The radicals are not afraid to do anything they want, as the government supports them. Today, you can hear the Ukrainian president saying that “there is no need to smash and rob [churches] right now, there will be time for that”. What kind of religious freedom is it? He did not urge them to stop, did not say that they would be brought to justice. The guarantor of the observance of human rights says, “Now wait, you’ll have time to do it later,” Morozova noted.
Speaking about the situation in the DPR, Morozova stressed that the right to religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution and it is observed strictly.
“Now there is not only a war going on in the physical sense, but also a spiritual, religious one. At the same time, people are played against each other in Ukraine. Another kind of war is going on there — with fewer losses, but anyway. This is done deliberately to disunite the nation,” the Ombudsman added.