Ukrainian Congress Committee of America calls for immediate release of Tymoshenko

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Aug. 6, 2011, 2:02 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

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Editor’s Note: The following statement was issued on August 5 2011 by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. “The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the umbrella organization of the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, is deeply concerned about the condition of Ukraine’s former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.

As reported in the press, Kyiv’s Pechersky District court ordered her arrest and detention today.

The UCCA calls upon Ukrainian authorities to immediately release her from prison.

Furthermore, as the representative body of Ukrainian Americans, the UCCA urges the United States government to publicly condemn her political imprisonment and utilize all diplomatic efforts to ensure the safety of her life and her release.

The Yanukovych regime’s selective use of law enforcement, which has resulted in probes of political opposition leaders and the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko and others, is one in a series of anti-democratic policies of political persecution.

The world’s democracies cannot remain silent while basic human rights are being violated and the rule of law is nothing more than a command system."
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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 2:13 a.m.    

The United States government has a responsibility to express its concern directly to Yanuk on the arrest Tymoshenko and what the rule of law is suppose to be. Hopefully, both the Senate and the House will pass resolutions condemning the selective political arrest of the opposition party leader. The President of the United States should voice his concerns directly to the President of Ukraine and insure the safety and immediate release of Tymoshenko from detention.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 2:15 a.m.    

Will the world react or stand by and watch Yanukovych just as they watched Stalin or Hitler.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 2:53 a.m.    

Of course the world will just stand by.

Assad in Syria has 'murdered' 5,000 of his people in the past few months,,,,has the world done anything??? No.

Change has to come from within,,,,the people have to demand change...

Ukraine has a Constitution that says it is a democracy.....NOW THE PEOPLE MUST DEMAND,,BY WHATERVER MEANS....THE CURRENT GOV'T HONOR THE CONSTITUTION......

Because Yanuk just laughs at it,,,and does what ever he pleases.

Is this not true??



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Anonymous Aug. 9, 2011, 12:47 p.m.    

Ukrainians stood by and watched Stalin and Hitler both. And view it as an important part of their national history. Not the best comparison.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:33 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. 10, 2011, 7:47 a.m.    

Dima, there is NO crime here... and &quot;Madam Tymoshenko&quot; is being persecuted for her political views.

The only people in Ukraine who are above the law, are those who persecute her - Yanukovych and his Party of Russians.

And if you don't like price rises of gas and other utilities used by pensioners and single mothers, just look at the criminal price rises since Yanukovych took power!!! Have they fallen? NO. They have doubled or more!!!

So Dima, why aren't yanukovych and Azarov facing the courts???

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