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02.09.2011

Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tutu & Others: Ukraine loses its way

   

In a hard-hitting text on the current situation in Ukraine by Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tuto, Richard von Weizsäcker, and endorsed by the Dalai Lama and others, the authors express concern about a significant and alarming deterioration in [Ukraine’s] democratic framework. 

Ukraine Loses Its Way

PRAGUE – Since the election of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010, Ukraine has experienced a significant and alarming deterioration in its democratic framework. Fundamental tenets of a democratic society, such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press are increasingly coming under pressure. And the prosecution of opposition members, which has now culminated in the arrest and detention of former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko – during an ongoing trial that most of the West has deemed political – seems to confirm that the rule of law is being brushed aside.

Given Ukraine’s strategic importance, the country’s fate has become an urgent matter of concern not only for Europe, but for the entire international community.

The outline of what they call the most worrying factors underlying Ukraine’s anti-democratic turn can be read  here

... “We urge the EU and its member states to insist that the rule of law is respected. At the very least, the EU should demand that Tymoshenko and the other opposition leaders are set free on bail so that they can more vigorously defend themselves in court.”.

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/havel44/English

 

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