(Sir Europe – Bratislava) – The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) strongly condemns threats by Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture against the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) for the activities of its clergy on Kyiv’s EuroMaidan, as expressed by the first deputy minister of culture Tymofii Kokhan in his official letter to His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk which states that the religious activities on Kyiv’s Independence Square by representatives of the UGCC contravened the Law of Ukraine "On freedom of conscience and religious organizations", in accordance with which public liturgies on the EuroMaidan require a permit from the local state administration. "The Ukrainian World Congress is deeply troubled by such interpretation of the law and deems the threats expressed in the letter from the Ministry of Culture against the UGCC to be a violation of the constitutional right to freedom of worship", said Eugene Czolij, president of the UWC, to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine, calling upon Ukraine’s governing authorities to "immediately withdraw the unfounded accusations against the UGCC whose clergy prayed together with the peaceful protesters on Kyiv’s EuroMaidan in support of the Ukrainian people’s aspirations to live in a state governed by the rule of law". 

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