Law on subordination of religious organizations in Ukraine officially published

Source : 112 Ukraine

The document will come into force on January 31
14:53, 30 January 2019

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Ukraine's law “On the subordination of religious organizations and the procedure for state registration of religious organizations with the status of legal entities” №2673-VIII was published in Golos, parliament's official newspaper.

According to the law, the state admits that a religious organization has a right to report to any existing religious centers in Ukraine and abroad. Besides, a religious organization has a right to change its subordination through registration of a new edition of the statute or amendments of this statute.

The general assembly of the religious organization decides whether it changes its subordination. The members of the organization can summon a meeting.

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“No less than two-thirds of the members of the religious organization make a decision of change of subordination and amendments to the statute. This is required so that the assembly is considered plenipotentiary,” the law says.

The law comes into force on the next day after its publication.

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The law does not provide any criteria for people's membership in the religious communities, which leaves room for speculation.

The document also provides for a temporary ban on carrying out any actions with parish property. Thus, upon transferring a parish, it is impossible to sell, take away or pledge its real property. If a part of the parish does not want to conduct a transition into a new church, it can form its own new religious community and has the right to conclude an agreement on the alternate use of the temple.

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