ECHR could require Ukraine to release Yulia Tymoshenko
The European Court of Human Rights has issued judgment requiring states to release the jailed applicant, lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko has said, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"Here is the text of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Fatullayev v. Azerbaijan. It’s relative recent and has already entered into legal force. Here is their conclusion: The Court holds that the respondent State shall secure the applicant’s immediate release," Serhiy Vlasenko said in an interview with TSN.
The European Court of Human Rights has announced that it will be holding a public hearing in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine on 28 August 2012 at 2.30 p.m. (European time). After the public hearing the court will begin its deliberations in private. Its ruling in the case will be made at a later stage.
Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense lawyers lodged their application with the European Court of Human Rights on 10 August 2011. In it they argue that the ex-premier’s rights were violated as a result of decisions made by the Ukrainian courts and authorities. They rely on Article 3 (prohibition of degrading treatment or punishment), Article 5 (right to liberty and security), Article 8 (right to private life) and Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Court decided on 14 December 2011 to give priority to the case.
The application was later supplemented with claims of further human rights violations after Yulia Tymoshenko received bruises during her forced transfer from the Kachanivska prison to the hospital, after which she went on a hunger strike in protest of the brutal treatment by prison guards. The lawyers also noted that the ex-premier is under permanent surveillance in the prison and even hospital.
Lawyers Serhiy Vlasenko and Valentyna Telychenko will represent Yulia Tymoshenko in the European Court.