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Contrary to the decision of the UN Human Rights Committee, the faithful in Ivano-Frankovsk have been deprived of their church

Contrary to the decision of the UN Human Rights Committee, the faithful in Ivano-Frankovsk have been deprived of their church
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8 February 2022 year 15:57

In Ivano-Frankovsk in western Ukraine, a community has been driven out of the facility in which the church of the Transfiguration of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has functioned for 30 years. The eviction of the community was carried out on February 7, 2022, by the Ivano-Frankovsk City Department of the State Executive Service.

As the UOC Information-Education Department reports, the Ivano-Frankovsk city authorities have tried to take away this facility since as far back as 2016. In 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee obliged the Ukrainian state authorities not to evict the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church fr om this facility, in which they have worshipped for three decades in the church of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Nevertheless, the city council continued being at law with the community of the canonical Church and transferred the building to the city educational department.

A report about the compulsory eviction has reached the Diocese of Ivano-Frankovsk on the Friday afternoon, February 4, and the eviction itself was fixed to Monday morning, February 7. The petition to change the date of the implementation of this decision due to the undue undertime was ignored, although the law provides for an opportunity for putting the eviction off for the period of ten days. The faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church urgently had to take everything fr om the church in which they used to worship since the early 90s.

The Transfiguration community has no facility now for both celebrations and continuation of the parish social service: the church of the Transfiguration used to be the place wh ere the needy were fed and wh ere cloths and medicines were distributed to them.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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