Posts Tagged ‘european court of human rights’


November 21, 2013

Ukrinform on November 19, 2013, reported that the U.S. Senate calls on the Ukrainian authorities to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and the EU members to include Tymoshenko’s release as an important criterion for signing an Association Agreement. Excerpts below:

This has been said in a Senate Resolution No. 165 calling for the release from prison of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko in light of the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling. The document was authored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin, and adopted on Monday, November 18, according to the Voice of America.

“The Senate … calls on the Government of Ukraine to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from imprisonment in light of the April 23 European Court of Human Rights verdict; … calls on the European Union members to include the release of Ms. Tymoshenko as an important criterion for signing an Association Agreement with Ukraine at the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania,” the document reads.

Also, the Senate expressed its believe and hope that Ukraine’s future rests with stronger ties to Europe, the United States, and others in the community of democracies.

However, the senators voiced their concern and disappointment that “the continued selective and politically motivated imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko unnecessarily detracts from Ukraine’s otherwise strong relationship with Europe, the United States, and the community of democracies”.

The U.S Senate Committee on Foreign Relations adopted the Resolution at the end of June.


August 22, 2013

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.