EU concerned about Tymoshenko arrest, urges Ukraine to uphold 'rule of law'

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Aug. 6, 2011, 1 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

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Editor’s Note: The following is a joint statement issued late on Aug. 5 2011 by the European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Füle on the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made today the following statement:

"We are extremely concerned by reports of today’s events in Pechersk District Court, culminating in the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivschyna Party.

The EU and other international partners of Ukraine have repeatedly underlined the need for fair, transparent and independent legal processes to avoid any perception of a policy of selective justice.

Today's events are therefore a cause for concern about the state of the rule of law in Ukraine.

We reiterate previous statements that we and other colleagues have made on the high standards we expect from a country aspiring to political association with the EU. We urge Ukraine to uphold the principles and common values that form the core of the Eastern Partnership.”
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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 1:20 a.m.    

The EU and West should immediately embargo and cease all aid to Ukraine until Tymoshenko is released. I believe that the Ukrainian people will take to the streets against Yanukovych. This is the time to take action before it is too late for freedom.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 9:02 a.m.    

In light of the recent political climate, censorship of a once free press, and the unlawful persecution of opposition leaders and continuous abuses of human and civil rights in Ukraine, I am imploring UEFA to reconsider holding its EURO 2012 games in Ukraine and instead propose holding those games entirely in Poland. It is wholly apparent that the basic principles of law and civil right are not respected by the current administration of Ukraine and that football fans will not be safe visiting Ukraine during the games.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 2:43 a.m.    

The citizens of Ukraine have to stand up for the rule of law and the rights of each individual under the Ukrainian Constitution. What the world is seeing is the beginning of another Belarus where individual rights are diminished to insure that the political powers stay in power. Human rights are non-existance as well as the rule of law. Yanuk and his cronies have to be stopped now. United the people of Ukraine can accomplish a dramatic change in Ukraine and ridding the nation of criminals who now run the government. Corruption within the government is ruining a nation and putting the people at risk.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 6:32 a.m.    

The corrupt and bankrupt EU didn't give a damn about john demjanjuk being railroaded.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:15 a.m.    

Ukraine is now paying the price for the EU silence when the world looked and said nothing whilst Viktor Yushchenko derailed Ukraine's push towards democracy. Yushchenko undermined confidence in the democratic process back in 2007 by breaching Ukraine's Constitution and illegally interfering with Ukraine's Constitutional Court in order to prevent Ukraine from becoming a full Parliamentary democracy.

By remaining selectively silent in 2007 the EU undermined its own credibility. Now Ukraine is paying the price for the EU compliance.

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 10:20 a.m.    

Ukraine heads back towards Russia:

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