Ukrainian Canadian Congress condemns ‘politically motivated arrest of Tymoshenko’

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Aug. 6, 2011, 10:19 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

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Editor’s Note: The following is an Aug. 5 statement issued by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, in which the organization expresses its dismay with what international institutions have labeled a politically motivated arrest of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. “The government of Ukraine is pursuing what appears to be politically-motivated, selective justice in a deliberate and systematic program to remove political opposition. This is another step away from democracy," stated Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod. "Today's arrest of Tymoshenko is another in an ever-growing list of violations of human rights, democracy and the rule of law which have been regressing under the Yanukovych government."

Despite numerous pronouncements by the Government of Ukraine to the contrary, there is abundant and growing evidence that Ukraine is reverting to an authoritarian model of governance as the government moves to systematically reverse the democratic gains made by the Orange Revolution.

"The international community cannot sit on its hands as democratic freedoms are being eroded in Ukraine," stated Grod. "We have formally asked the Government of Canada to use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to communicate Canada's displeasure with the anti-democratic developments in Ukraine and call for her immediate release."

The UCC has repeatedly requested that Canada use all of its influence within the Euro-Atlantic community and Euro-Atlantic agencies to maintain pressure on the Yanukovych government to respect democracy and human rights. Furthermore we have called upon the Government of Canada to ensure that any Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement be contingent upon Ukrainian government commitments to respecting democracy and human rights.
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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:43 a.m.    

Reaction continues to the sad events of Black Friday in Ukraine and all directed towards the so call President of Ukraine. Yanuk has achieved one important and positive goal for the people of Ukraine and that is the resurrection of Yulia Tymoshenko unto the world scene and into the realm of political power in Ukraine. The arrest of Tymoshenko dramatically elevates the evidence of selective political persecution of the opposition and the rule of law. The arrest of Tymoshenko is clearly a violation of human rights. The international community should limit current talks with the ruling government and start assessing strategy to put pressure on the Mafia of Ukraine. There are many avenues of pressure which the international community can apply to Yanuk and his criminal cronies, Financial pressure is mandatory. Hurt the criminal regime where it hurts the most and that is their pockets. This criminals are addicted to stealing money from the poor citizens of Ukraine. Without rehabilitation, the ruling power will continue on there destruction of freedoms in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 12:54 p.m.    


heh, heh, heh, :D

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Anonymous Sept. 5, 2011, 6:14 p.m.    

Does your mother know that you should be attending your Grade 3 Class in school. It is naughty to play hookey.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 3:09 p.m.    

Not enough! Tymoshenko should be awarded Nobel Prize in the nearest future!!!! Ukrainian diaspora should mobilize all efforts to achieve this award for Yulia.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 9:31 p.m.    

Go Yulia,,,,, people are behind you.....


D , how much Yanuk pay you,,,one shot vodka..

go bak Russia

if you tired ,,go siberia , long nites to sleep

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:35 p.m.    

What are you talking about, people? Madam Tymoshenko is disrespectful of the Court! Do you know the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine? Any Ukrainian defendant would be jailed on her place. Or you think she is above the law? I bet she does, like many of her supporters. Ukrainian politicians,officials,policemen.. think they are. That's why they do whatever they want. They know one thing: no punishment exists for them. She made a disadvantageous gas deal with Russia. Does it say anything to you? Do you know what it means to an ordinary Ukrainian, a pensioner, a single mother? She commited a crime and she must be punished.Only one thing makes me sad: this is a corrupt country from top to bottom.There is no democracy here.


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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 3:27 a.m.    

Criminal occupation. History of the Party of Regions, Ukraine (2007)

Read more:

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 4:50 a.m.    

Ukraine heads back towards Russia:

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