OSCE CONFERENCE ON DISCRIMINATION AND INTOLERANCE TOWARDS CHRISTIANS

May 18, 2015 – A conference took place in Vienna on ‘Enhancing Efforts to Prevent and Combat Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, Focusing on Hate Crimes, Exclusion, Marginalization and Denial of Rights’. It was organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and attended by representatives of the OSCE member states, religious ...

Russia proposes discussion of the issue of defense of Christianity within the framework of Osce

27/11/14 At a meeting with the Russian journalists after the political consultations in Athens, the Russian Federation’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexei Meshkov said that Russia considered it necessary to combine efforts for the purpose of defending Christianity and the Christian shrines worldwide, first of all, in the Middle East and in North Africa, reportsRIA-Novosti. “With our deep religious traditions, ...

Swiss authorities thank the Russian Orthodox Church for helping release OSCE observers

Moscow, July 2, Interfax - Switzerland Ambassador to the Russian Federation Pierre Helg expressed gratitude to the Russian Orthodox Church for its participation in releasing detained in Ukraine OSCE observers, headed by the Swiss President. "On behalf of the Swiss government and I personally would like to thank you for attentive attitude and support in releasing ...

Patriarch Kirill’s appeal for the OSCE observers held in Ukraine

June 2014 The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has made the following appeal to help release the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s observers held in south east Ukraine. I make an urgent request to all those on whom it depends to help release the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s observers detained in ...

‘Rights of believers are violated’: Orthodox priest flees Ukraine in fear

Alexey Novikov (Image from pravmir.ru)

RT - April 2014 The rights of believers are violated in Ukraine as the coup-imposed authorities don’t want the Russian Orthodox Church in the country, archpriest Andrey Novikov, who left Ukraine to escape persecution by Kiev, told RT. Novikov, who occupies the position of secretary of the eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate ...

Religious Leaders Call For Sniper Withdrawal In Nagorno-Karabakh

30/11/2011 YEREVAN -- The leading religious leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia have called for a withdrawal of snipers from the front lines in the disputed breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh to stop bloodshed amid more reported casualties in the conflict zone, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Russian Patriarch Kiril read out a statement that he made jointly ...

Archons deliver Religious Freedom Presentations for the Ecumenical Patriarchate to OSCE

Warsaw, Poland 11/8/2011 On behalf of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons Theofanis Economidis and Achilles Adamantiades, Ph.D., presented two papers at the 2011 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). OSCE is the world's largest security organization whose fifty-six participating states and eleven partner ...

Armenian catholicos, US Ambassador discuss Karabakh Settlement

1/11/2011 Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II met with the newly-appointed US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern. At the meeting, the catholicos called the Ambassadors’ attention to OSCE Minsk Group for Karabakh settlement, praising their efforts in preservation of peace and stability in the region. Karekin II briefed the Ambassador on the activities of Armenian Church and its ...

Most Serb cemeteries in Kosovo in Poor Shape

Tanjug 27/10/2011 Serbian Orthodox cemeteries in Kosovo are in poor shape, the mission of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo-Metohija stated, adding that a majority of municipal administrations pay no attention to maintenance and preservation of the graveyards. Serbian Orthodox cemeteries in Kosovo are in poor shape, the mission of the Organisation for ...

The Catholicos of All Armenians hosts the Minsk Group Co-Chairs at the mother See

22.10.2011 His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenian, received the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE chairman-in-Office. His Holiness appreciated the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group towards the settlement of the Karabakh issue and establishment of peace in the region. The Catholicos presented the involvement ...

Russian Orthodox Church urges OSCE to defend Christians’ Rights

Moscow, September 13, Interfax - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) member states should not turn away from efforts to defend Christian values for the sake of achieving inter-confessional peace, the Moscow Patriarchate said. "Our voice calling for protection of Christians outside of Europe will sound more confident and authoritative if it ...

Turks desecrate 500 churches in North Cyprus – OSCE

30.08.11 Since the occupation of North Cyprus (1974), 500 churches on the territory were desecrated plundered and converted to mosques, according to the OSCE report on the Destruction of Cultural Property in the Northern Part of Cyprus and Violations of International Law. The document based on the studies and warnings of historians and Christian clergymen highlights ...

Serbian church warns anti-gay parade violence Unacceptable

(AFP) 9/10/2010 BELGRADE — The Serbian Orthodox Church on Friday spoke out against a gay pride parade planned this weekend but also warned against violence targeting participants. The Church was "resolutely opposed to the organisation of a so-called pride parade" but said "any violence is unacceptable," it said on its website. "This also goes for violence against people ...

Archons’ Religious Freedom Mission in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate continues in Central and Eastern Europe

Ecumenical Patriarchate Vienna-Prague-Bucharest-Istanbul, Europe5/7/2009A delegation of Archons visited Central and Eastern Europe during the week of February 21-28, 2009, in continuation of the Archons' Religious Freedom Mission in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.The five-member delegation traveled to Vienna, Prague and Bucharest and concluded its mission with an audience with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ...