French Human Rights Ambassador Francois Zimeray says he will fight for the rights of political prisoners in Ukraine, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
“I’m outraged that I wasn’t allowed to visit Yulia Tymoshenko. This makes me very concerned. I will continue to fight for the rights of Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuriy Lutsenko and other political prisoners in Ukraine,” Francois Zimeray said at a joint press conference with Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter, Yevgenia.
The French ambassador stressed that “no one doubts that the cases brought by the current government of Ukraine are politically motivated and the lawsuits are unjust and illegitimate.” He said he plans to visit Ukraine again soon.
Yevgenia Tymoshenko thanked Francois Zimeray for his support and said that “his struggle inspired her mother and gave her courage.”
She said that Francois Zimeray’s visit to Ukraine contributed to the fact that the Yanukovych regime announced its intention to allow independent western doctors to see her mother. “I hope these intentions don’t remain just words, but will be backed by concrete actions,” she said.
Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter said it was “symbolic that today, on the anniversary of the Arab Spring, Ukraine has joined those countries whose citizens are forced to fight for human rights.”