Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, announced two projects to be supported by the Religious Freedom Fund in Ukraine.
A three-year project ($950,000), in partnership with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) through its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), that is expected to:
The OSCE, through ODIHR, has worked in the area of FoRB since 1997 and on hate crimes since 2006. ODIHR’s extensive use of the2004 Guidelines for Review of Legislation Pertaining to Religion or Belief has given it substantial experience in these areas and a solid reputation that is recognized by international non-governmental organizations, government officials, religious and belief communities and civil society organizations. ODIHR has also produced guidelines on the recognition of religious and belief communities.
A two-year project ($240,000) partnering with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) that will deepen inter-cultural awareness and understanding among the many diverse ethnic and civil communities in different regions of Ukraine.
The project aims to provide a better understanding of the challenges to freedom of religious expression, an increased level of religious tolerance in Ukrainian society based on better knowledge of historical facts and rejection of Soviet stereotypes as well as leadership skills for democracy building and intercultural and inter-religious tolerance through international student exchanges, lecture series and summer programs.
CNEWA has conducted charitable work throughout the Middle East, northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe for more than 85 years and has been present in Ukraine since 1993.