Canada: high court’s decision in Yulia Tymoshenko case undermines democratic institutions

10:28, 31 August 2012
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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird believes the decision by the High Specialized Court of Ukraine in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko undermines the institutions necessary for a democracy, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Canada is deeply disappointed by the decision of the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases to uphold the conviction of Yulia Tymoshenko," Baird said in a statement issued today.

The Canadian foreign minister said that the conduct of the trials involving Yulia Tymoshenko raises serious concerns about Ukraine’s commitment to internationally recognized norms of fairness, transparency and due process.

"Like previous, apparently politically motivated persecutions, this verdict is part of a troubling trend that undermines the institutions upon which a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society depends. I call on the Ukrainian government to strengthen judicial independence," he said.

The Canadian foreign minister also stressed that a legitimate and active opposition is a vital part of a vibrant and effective democracy.

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