According to preliminary data, employees of the office of the Ukrainian parliamentary commissioner for human rights have not found any violations of the rights of the UOC believers, in particular, the freedom of movement, on the territory of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra National Reserve. This was stated by the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for human rights Dmitry Lubinets during the telethon, reports Ukrinform.
“It is clear that this is a preliminary conclusion, I am personally dealing with it in detail, but, preliminary, we have not seen any violations of the rights of believers,” he said.
According to the ombudsman, his representative made a monitoring visit to Lavra, where he inspected two buildings – 57th and 58th, where there were 4 and 8 people respectively.
“We have not set any restriction on movement, no one keeps them there, no one prohibits monks, clerics to come in, go out, bring food, medicine, whatever. The lawyer’s appeal paid special attention to the fact that they are starving and there is no water. We did not establish signs of any kind of exhaustion. We found that there was a lot of food and water,” informed Lubinets.
The human rights ombudsman said that if someone appeals to him about the violation of rights, including the rights of believers, the Office of the Ombudsman always responds.
“But we will always be objective. If representatives of the authorities violate something, we will record it. If the appeals cite data that are not confirmed – we will also record and show it,” he said.