President Petro Poroshenko signed a law obliging the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to indicate links with the Russian Orthodox Church in its full name. The press service of the president reported that.
The message stated that the president signed the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations "regarding the name of religious organizations (associations) that are part of a religious organization (association), a governing center of which is outside of Ukraine, in a country that is legally recognized as one that carried out military aggression against Ukraine and / or temporarily occupied part of the territory of Ukraine."
Signing the law, the head of state noted that the new norms create better conditions for the realization of the rights of people who will decide which Orthodox jurisdiction they belong to.
“The choice is easier to do when all things are called by their names; when there is enough information to voluntarily make it. The implementation of the law will give citizens all the necessary information,” Poroshenko said.
According to him, changes to the law correspond to the principle of freedom of religion and equality of all confessions, there will be no restriction of the constitutional rights of citizens.
The indicated law, which obliges the church with the center in the aggressor country to designate this in its official name, was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on December 20. The conclusions of the Main Scientific and Expert Administration stated that the law does not comply with the principle of the secularity of power in Ukraine and contradicts the norms of the Constitution on equal rights, regardless of the profession of confession.
Experts noted that in a democratic state of law, there can't be any different procedure for exercising the right to freedom of conscience and religion, depending on religious beliefs and other factors. In addition, Ukrainian legislation already provides that the charter of a religious organization should contain information about the place of the religious organization in the structure of the religious association.