Ukrainian Canadian Congress condemns ‘politically motivated arrest of Tymoshenko’
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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