Saturday, October 16, 2021

    Church representatives undergo training on documenting violations of believers’ rights in occupied areas

    The seminar was attended by representatives of churches and religious organizations whose members suffer from religious persecution in the territories of Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions beyond the Ukrainian government control.

    In addition to experts with the Institute for Religious Freedom, coaches with experience in international advocacy and documentation of war crimes and other human rights violations were involved in the seminar, according to the IRF website.

    The participants in the event gained knowledge on information security during communication with witnesses of violations of the rights of believers and religious communities and on the requirements for preservation and use of the data gathered.

    The coaches also spoke about international rights standards and the basics of international humanitarian law.

    Responding to the participants’ questions, the invited experts expressed their recommendations on the best forms of presenting data and evidence of violations of religious freedom in the format of a human rights report.

    The seminar was organized by the Institute for Religious Freedom with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine in cooperation with PACS (Netherlands) and the Center for Civil Liberties within the IRF project “Mobilizing the International Community to End Persecution of Identity in Ukraine.”

    Since 2014, the IRF has been monitoring and periodically releasing publications on the situation of believers and religious organizations in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions after the Russian invasion of these Ukrainian territories.