France expresses concern after diplomat denied visit with Yulia Tymoshenko in prison

15:13, 20 January 2012
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France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern after its human rights ambassador, Francois Zimeray, was not allowed to visit Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska prison colony, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"There will be other chances this year among them Euro 2012 and the OSCE presidency, these will be important opportunities for dialogue. There will be opportunities to question Ukraine very strongly and I hope that Ukraine will show to the world that it can respect human rights, fundamental rights, in a better way than now," Euronews quoted Francois Zimeray as saying.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter believes the authorities are deliberately lying about her mother’s conditions. "The regime is using it to put moral, psychological pressure on her, to break her physically and psychologically and they are doing it every day by putting her under 24 hours surveillance which is also illegal, and that is probably the reason why they didn’t allow Ambassador Zimeray to come and see her," said Eugenia Tymoshenko.

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