Freedom House: government is destroying Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic future with trial of Tymoshenko

10:06, 11 July 2011
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The latest SBU investigation of Yulia Tymoshenko has turned what has been a farce into a tragedy, Freedom House President David Kramer has said, according to Official website of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"There is no credibility to these investigations anymore. It is just one charge after another against Yulia Tymoshenko until something sticks,” David Kramer, President of Freedom House, said at the conference "Ukraine`s Future: The Challenges and Impact of Governance in Ukraine", co-hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

The executive director of the influential organization noted that the criminal persecution of Yulia Tymoshenko has to stop if Ukraine wants to maintain credibility or going after corruption, and if it wants to maintain credibility on issues of rule of law.

"So I urge my Ukrainian government colleagues who are here when you go back or report back to your government tell them to stop. This is outrageous! It is destroying Ukraine’s prospects for real integration into the Euro-Atlantic community, and it is destroying your country’s prospects for a real democratic future," he said.

"There were some of us who hoped that the gains from the Orange Revolution of 2004 were irreversible, I think what we’re seeing now is that those gains were not irreversible, they are in fact being reversed, and something desperately needs to be done about it."

"I’ve taken recently to wearing a bracelet for Belarus, another country I follow very closely, and this bracelet is “” I certainly hope that we do not have to start wearing the same bracelets for Ukraine," he said in conclusion.

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