Germany: human rights violations in Ukraine shouldn’t be ignored

10:03, 11 June 2012
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German MP Erika Steinbach has said that she will monitor, on behalf of the Bundestag Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance, the legal proceedings against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Members of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance of the Bundestag have launched the program "Parliamentarians Defending Parliamentarians". Within the framework of this program, I advocate that in solidarity with you we take your case under our supervision, in doing so making a contribution so that gross human rights violations, a glaring example of which was the brutal treatment of you, will not remain ignored," Erika Steinbach said in a letter to Yulia Tymoshenko.

The German MP thanked the Ukraine ex-premier for democratizing her country during her term as head of government. "During your time as prime minister of Ukraine, you pursued the goals of the Orange Revolution, were involved in the democratization of your country, fought against widespread corruption and tried to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union. I would like to thank you for this," she stressed.

"For several months, I, as the spokesperson on human rights for the CDU/CSU in the Bundestag, following with increasing concern actions by the Ukrainian authorities against you and other opposition politicians. I have on numerous occasions made comments to the press on this. I am impressed by your courage and strength, with which even in prison you are fighting for your homeland," she said in her letter.

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