Religious persecutions in Donbas and Crimea brought to attention of British Parliament
On July 23, the British Parliament held a discussion on the problems of religious persecution in the world. On behalf of Ukraine, the event was attended by Maxym Vasin, a lawyer and the Executive Director of the Institute for Religious Freedom.
As he wrote on Facebook, there are many key people in the UK who pay considerable attention to the protection of religious freedom as a fundamental human right. These are Lord Alton, who received the award as the “father of freedom of religion and belief” last week at a Ministerial meeting in Washington, as well as Lord Ahmad, the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Freedom of Religion or Belief, parliamentarian Fiona Bruce from the Human Rights Committee, who last year supported the initiative of the National Day of Prayer in Britain. Representatives of religious and public organizations delivered their speeches. The new UN resolution, which proclaims August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, was mentioned especially frequently.
According to Maxym Vasin, he did not hear in the speeches of speakers any mentions of religious persecution in Crimea and Donbas resulting from Russian aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, at the end of the official part he personally told Lord Alton and Mrs. Bruce about the report of the IRS Freedom of Religion at Gunpoint: Russian Terror in the Occupied Territories of Eastern Ukraine and asked them to draw greater attention at the international level to the suffering of Ukrainian believers.
"London remains one of the key centers of the world where religious freedom occupies an important place on the agenda of international relations. This is also because Britain itself and its former colonies face challenges associated with a lack of respect for the right of religious minorities to freedom of religion. Therefore, there is hope that more decisive and practical measures will be taken at the international level to protect the rights of those believers who still cannot enjoy the gift of religious freedom given by God to every person," Maxym Vasin wrote.