Institute for Religious Freedom holds a seminar on documenting violations of the rights of believers in Crimea and Donbas

24 September, 13:42
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Representatives of churches and religious organizations whose believers suffer from religious persecution in the territories of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions not controlled by the Government of Ukraine were trained.

In addition to the Institute for Religious Freedom experts, the trainers with experience in international advocacy and documenting war crimes and other human rights violations were presenting at the seminar.

Participants of the seminar gained knowledge on information security when communicating with witnesses of violations of the rights of believers and religious communities and on the requirements for the preservation and use of collected data.

The trainers also spoke about international human rights standards and the fundamentals of international humanitarian law. Responding to questions from participants, the invited experts made their recommendations on the best forms of presenting the collected 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 Fund Peace Movement PAX (Netherlands) and the Center for civil liberties within the framework of the IRS project "Mobilizing the international community to end identity-based persecution in non-government-controlled regions of Ukraine".

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