ECHR: Tymoshenko was arbitrarily detained
The European Court of Human Rights:has found three violations of Article 5 with respect to the former Prime Minister’s detention. Significantly, as with Yury Lutsenko, it has also ruled that there was violation of Article 18 in conjunction with Article 5. The latter effectively acknowledges motives other than those legitimate for her detention
Implacable: No Pardon for Tymoshenko
The President’s site informs that the Pardon Commission has wheeled out the same flawed arguments in order to conclude that it would be “premature” to pardon former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
18 appeals for Tymoshenko’s release in the last week
Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports that from 22 April there were 18 appeals from prominent political, civic, cultural figures and sportsmen calling for the release of imprisoned former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
Prominent Ukrainians call on President to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko
The letter signed by over thirty public figures and political analysts states that “the lack of a decision to free Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrates to the world community the undemocratic nature of the Ukrainian regime and is one of the main impediments to signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
Cox-Kwaśniewski monitoring mission to Ukraine extended
On Thursday the European Parliament ratified visa liberalization measures for Ukrainians and heard the findings of the Cox-Kwaśniewski mission. Hanne Severinsen, however, warns that the mission must not be used as a cover for the Ukrainian regime
Visa perks not penalties for repression?
The EU-Ukraine visa liberalization moves include 5 year Schengen visas for Prosecutors and their deputies, some of whom have taken a very active role in prosecutions condemned by the EU
Merkel: Ukraine isn’t ready for Association Agreement
The German Chancellor says that Ukraine must resolve a “whole range of problems”. This is not just the situation with Yulia Tymoshenko, but issues to do with the legal system in Ukraine as a whole and about observance of human rights and civil liberties. .
Protecting the President’s Patch
It was bad enough that all peaceful actions for the last three years have been banned anywhere near the President’s estate at Mezhyhirya. Now peaceful protesters are being jailed .
No Excuse for Not Releasing Tymoshenko
President Yanukovych has said that no pardon can be granted until all criminal proceedings in the Tymoshenko cases have been concluded with this once again fuelling doubts about the competence of his advisers, both political and legal
Activist jailed for 7 days for visit to Mezhyhirya
On the same day that the European Court of Human Rights urged Ukraine to sort out its legislation on peaceful assembly, further worrying reports are emerging about ongoing violations of this fundamental right.
One damning ECHR judgement not enough
As gloomily expected, former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko’s cassation appeal against his second conviction has been rejected by the High Specialized Court in Kyiv
UHHRU Appeal to pardon Tymoshenko
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has appealed to President Yanukovych to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko
Why not Tymoshenko?
The position taken that no intervention is possible until each criminal case against the former Prime Minister has passed through all possible stages in Ukraine cannot be used to effectively justify Yulia Tymoshenko’s indefinite incarceration.
Lutsenko: Tymoshenko must now be released
“I think that those in power have made such a step as a precedent, and there are no arguments why such a step can be taken in the case of Lutsenko, but can’t be with respect to Tymoshenko”
Fast track „pardon”
While Yury Lutsenko’s release is wonderful, Yulia Tymoshenko remains in prison, and Lutsenko was "pardoned" after the last court in Ukraine rejected his appeal against a grossly flawed sentence
Lutsenko to receive “pardon”?
Days after the rejection of imprisoned ex-Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko’s cassation appeal and a strong message from the EU, there is suggestion that a “pardon” may be on the way on the grounds of health concerns
EU condemns rejection of Lutsenko cassation appeal
EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, and Commissioner Stefan Füle have expressed their regret over the rejection of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko’s cassation appeal and reiterate concern over the trial which did not respect international standards
Lutsenko case: Doors opened and closed
The rejection on Wednesday of Yury Lutsenko;s cassation appeal means that his defence is now able to apply to the European Court of Human Rights. It makes the chances of the EU being prepared to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement that much more remote.
Win the elections or end up imprisoned?
Attempts to prosecute former opposition parliamentary candidate, Viktor Romanyuk, who was the clear leader until Party of the Regions candidate Zasukha got results in some polling precincts cancelled make any assurances given at the summit seem depressingly empty