PACE urges Ukrainian authorities to implement resolution on political prisoners

13:25, 28 March 2013
Politics
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Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has called on the Ukrainian authorities to urgently address the issue of the selective application of justice with regard to political opponents, namely former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, according to official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The President called on the authorities to swiftly find a solution, in line with Council of Europe principles, to the problems arising from the selective application of justice – primarily, the emblematic cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko – and to reform the legal system to avoid any repeat of these problems," reports the PACE website.

Jean-Claude Mignon also recalled that Ukraine had committed itself to respect the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on this question.

The PACE President informed that PACE co-rapporteurs for Ukraine Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin and Mailis Reps are due to make a fresh visit to Ukraine in mid-April to continue their assessment of the follow-up given by the Ukrainian authorities to the Assembly’s Resolution 1862 adopted on April 26, 2012.

During his visit to Ukraine, besides meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian government, Jean-Claude Mignon also met Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and Iryna Lutsenko, wife of former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, as well as their lawyers.

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