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Ukraine: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 168064, tabled on 24 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Lugansk People's Republic law #211-II on the freedom of conscience and religious association.

Answered on

6 September 2018

We are deeply concerned by reports on the human rights situation in the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" in non-government controlled eastern Ukraine, including infringements of freedom of religion and belief. It is essential that unhindered access is granted for international humanitarian organisations to the non-government controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. We continue to call on Russia to use its considerable influence over the separatists to ensure respect of international human rights and humanitarian law. The UK also continues to raise within multilateral forums the need for UN General Assembly resolutions on Ukraine and recommendations contained in the reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), including the protection of freedom of religion and belief in Non-Government controlled eastern Ukraine, to be fully implemented.