Українська асоціація релігієзнавців та Центр релігієзнавчих досліджень та міжнародних духовних стосунків звернулись до колег з Бельгії з проханням поширити інформацію й сприяти звільненню утримуваного в ДНР вченого Ігоря Козловського.
Далі – мовою оригіналу
Dear Mr. Willy Fautre!
We, Ukrainian Association of Researchers of Religion (UARR) together with Center of religious science research and international spiritual relations (CRSR), appeal to you as to scientist and civic activist who deeply values human rights and freedoms. Our colleague, well-known researcher of religion studies, historian Igor Kozlovsky now held in captivity in the territory of Europe and needs our help. We ask you to facilitate in dissemination the information regarding the situation with Igor Kozlovsky.
In January 2016, Igor Kozlovsky was imprisoned in Donetsk on trumped accusations by authorities of so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR), which is recognized as terrorist organization. Up to day Igor Kozlovsky kept in the terrible conditions in Donetsk prison. For more than a year nor his relatives neither representatives of international organizations (OSCE, UNCHR, Red Cross) were unable to meet him.
Throughout the year the Ukrainian government on different levels worked on liberation of Igor Kozlovsky from captivity. Scientist has been included in the exchange lists of prisoners between Ukraine and the so-called "DPR" from Ukrainian side. But the fall of 2016 it appeared that "DPR" refused to exchange I. Kozlovsky. Representatives of Ukraine during Minsk negotiations regularly raising issues of release of the scientist, but this is still did not give any results.
Since February 2017 DPR terrorist groups begun a court trial against I. Kozlovsky. His case is under jurisdiction of DPR Military Tribunal (Military Tribunal by Chamber of the Supreme Court of DPR). Scientist and public activist, peacemaker, person who was not involved in any military action was tried as a war criminal!
May 3, 2017 the so-called "military tribunal" of DPR" condemned" Igor Kozlovsky, which was illegally kept by gunmen in Donetsk, for 2 years and 8 months imprisoning based on the false and absurd charges. Judges of "DPR" does not take into account either academic achievement or peacekeeping activity of Igor Kozlovsky, nor scientists’ age 63-year-old, nor that his disabled son needs his care.
International organizations that constantly monitor, record and inform the public about the problems of human rights violations, immediately after the trial on I. Kozlovsky made the statements. Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls for the immediate release of the scientist.
Igor Kozlovsky is a well-known scientist not only in Ukraine but also abroad.
Scientific interests of Igor Kozlovsky are very broad, among them are problems of religious studies, religious practice, history of religion, psychology of religion, phenomenology of religion, religions of the East, new religious movements, missionary activity in Ukraine and world and others. He successfully for several decades studying world religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism and others not only theoretically in the office or library but also practically in scientific expeditions all around the world. He is an author of over 100 scientific publications, including monographs, educational methodical manuals and more than 200 articles in dictionaries, encyclopedias, periodicals. Igor Kozlovskyy is highly qualified researcher who participated in numerous international, national and regional conferences, professional expert on the problems of religious life in Ukraine for public authorities and different state and public institutions.
Igor Kozlovsky has developed and was teaching lecture courses: History of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Methodology of Religious Studies, Theory and practice of religious mysticism, Religion in the history of Ukraine, World history of religion thought, Philosophy and theology of Islam, History of Ukrainian and foreign religious studies, Teaching methodology of religious studies and so on.
As scientist and lector Kozlovsky always maintained scientific contacts with leading religious centers and universities in Ukraine and around the world. He is longtime Head of Donetsk regional branch of the Ukrainian Association of Religious Studies, Head of Donetsk regional public organization "Center of Religious Science Research and International Spiritual Relations".
It can be confidently state that Kozlovsky created his scientific school and has dozens of students worldwide. He made a significant contribution to the formation and development of religion education in Ukraine. He was co-organizer of different scientific, educational and public events, including scientific seminars, round tables, international and national conferences on actual scientific, social, cultural and national issues. As a teacher I. Kozlovsky inspired and encouraged students to work on their researches. With his guidance students carried out a permanent and active scientific activity, participated in many scientific events: international, national and student conferences, competitions, contests and so on.
Kozlovsky’s activity has always been aimed at raising respect and tolerance between different confessions and promoted formation of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious palette of Donbass. As a peacekeeper, he had been with visits to world religious and public leaders, namely Patriarch Alexei II, Pope John Paul II, Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, Chief Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in CIS countries Levi Levaev and others.
We, colleagues of Igor Kozlovsky, kindly ask you to contact the Foreign Ministers of the Normandy contact group and the Embassies of Russian Federation, Germany, France and Ukraine in your country to facilitate the release of Igor Kozlovsky from captivity.
Negotiations in Minsk are continuing more than a year without any results. Ukraine from its side is doing everything possible for the release of the scientist. But we believe that active position, the pressure from leading European countries will significantly increase the chance for Igor Kozlovsky being released from captivity.
We kindly ask European public and the scientific community raise up the issue of Igor Kozlovsky release from captivity on the meetings of Normandy contact group.