Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Onufriy complains to UN, laments over UOC (MP) not being invited to UNSC meeting

    Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (in unity with the Moscow Patriarchate), Metropolitan Onufriy, sent an appeal to the leadership of the United Nations Organization regarding “discrimination of Orthodox Christians with the UOC.”

    This is reported by the Information and Educational Department of the UOC (MP).

    Onufriy draws the attention of UN officials to the “independent status of the UOC”, to the claim that “the largest denomination of Ukraine, which from the first days condemned Russia’s armed aggression against the Ukrainian people … provides large-scale assistance to all victims of the war, many believers of the UOC defend their Motherland.”

    The leadership of the UOC (MP) wrote to the UN about “anti-Church draft laws” No. 8221, No. 8262, No. 8371, No. 7403, No. 8012; on the application of personal sanctions to religious figures with the UOC (MP), as well as on “illegal activities of local self-government bodies”.

    The appeal also mentioned that “at a recent meeting of the UN Security Council, the issue of the situation surrounding the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was discussed, but without the UOC itself.”

    “Given the complexity of the situation, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is ready to deploy its representative and convey important information to the international community firsthand,” the document says.

    It should be recalled that on the eve of the mentioned meeting of the UN Security Council, the UOC (MP) reported that “it did not appeal to any state for assistance in protecting its rights, and even more so to the state that committed a treacherous armed attack on our country.”

    Also, the UOC (MP) assured that they did not authorize anyone from the Russian Orthodox Church to speak at the UN on their behalf.