Italian MPs demand effective actions from their government to secure release of Yulia Tymoshenko
The Italian Parliament’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, has adopted a resolution on Ukraine requiring the Italian government to take effective actions against the Ukrainian authorities to request the immediate release on humanitarian grounds, in light of the progressive deterioration of the health of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former acting Defense Minister Valeriy Ivashchenko, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko. "To commit the government (of Italy) to urge the Ukrainian authorities to allow, without precondition, independent medical teams, delegations from the Council of Europe, European Union, OSCE and national parliaments to visit former government officials in prison," reads the resolution of the Italian parliament.
If the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine is approved, the MPs also want their government to demand that the Ukrainian authorities implement radical reforms in the judiciary that would ensure the rule of law, protect fundamental human rights and improve democratic standards.
The parliamentarians also want their government to support the candidacy of Yulia Tymoshenko for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts as one of the leaders of the Orange Revolution that democratized Ukraine.
On May 3, different political groups in the Italian parliament proposed seven draft decisions on the situation in Ukraine. All the proposals had one key demand – to require the Italian government to demand that the Ukrainian authorities release Yulia Tymoshenko and all other political prisoners – representatives of her government – from prison.