Ombudsperson: Tymoshenko has the right to see a doctor she trusts


IThe website of the Human Rights Ombudsperson Nina Karpachova reports that representatives of the Ombudsperson visited former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Saturday in the SIZO [detention unit] where she has been held since 5 August.

Ms Tymoshenko has complained of unexplained symptoms but refuses to be examined by medical staff provided by the SIZO.  On Saturday she refused to be examined by a commission from the Health Ministry.

As reported late last week, a EU foreign relations spokesman Michael Mann told reporters in Brussels that the organization is urging Kyiv to provide adequate and independent medical assistance to Tymoshenko.

The Human Rights Ombudsperson has also defended Ms Tymoshenko’s right to be examined by a doctor whom she trusts and stresses that deprivation of liberty must not mean that a person is stripped of their human rights.

Yulia Tymoshenko wants a blood test taken to ascertain the cause of the sudden deterioration in her health, and insists on being examined by her own doctors and nurses. 

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