The main points of my speech during the Conference on Religious Persecution in World Today at Oxford University:
▪️ I would like to thank to Baroness Nicholson, MP Fiona Bruce and mentioned today Anglican Bishop of Truro Philip Mounstephen for all efforts of the United Kingdom on protecting and promoting religious freedom over the world. As well, many thanks to Kristina Arragia, and whole USCIRF and the US Department for the Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and your other practical actions on this field.
▪️ Last year, the Institute for Religious Freedom has presented the Report “Religious freedom at gunpoint: Russian terror in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine”.
▪️ Two months ago, our colleagues from other NGO submitted the documented facts and evidence of these religious persecutions, inspired by Russian aggression against Ukraine, to the International Criminal Court. ed
▪️ My question now: what practical efforts the international community can do to reduce religious persecution in the world, and, for instance, on the occupied Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbas?
▪️ Can we speak about such measures from the United Kingdom and other countries as the Magnitsky Act issued by the United States against religious persecutions?
▪️ Can the UK, USA and other countries apply the personal sanctions to condemn on international level those individuals who are responsible for religious persecution?
I believe that they can and should do it for endorsing the religious freedom as a natural right, universal value, and with respect for human dignity of each person.
Executive Director of the Institute for Religious Freedom