On 1 August 2013, Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij issued a letter to the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, calling for the immediate release of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
The European Court of Human Rights, with its judgment of 30 April 2013 in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine, decided unanimously that the entire pre-trial detention of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko was arbitrary and unlawful. This decision became final on 31 July 2013.
“The Ukrainian World Congress stresses that the release of the leader of the opposition Yulia Tymoshenko remains a critical condition of the EU for the signing of the EU‑Ukraine Association Agreement during the Third Summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius on 28‑29 November 2013,” stated Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij. “Her release would send a strong signal on the commitment of Ukraine’s governing authorities to Ukraine’s Euro-integration.”
The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.