PACE: Ukrainian government must release Yulia Tymoshenko

16:18, 02 October 2013
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is urging Ukraine to use all available legal mechanisms to release from prison former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The Assembly urges the authorities of Ukraine to implement the newly adopted laws and strategies in order to ensure an independent and impartial judiciary that fully respects the principles of the rule of law, and to use available legal means to release Ms Yulia Tymoshenko given that the judicial procedure leading to her conviction has raised heavy criticism," states a resolution adopted recently by PACE.

PACE also expressed concern over worrying developments with regard to deficiencies of the judicial system and criminal proceedings initiated against a number of former Ukrainian government members on controversial charges.

Resolution 1953 "The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (June 2012 – September 2013)" was adopted on the basis of the report of the Committee on the Honoring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) by Estonian MP Andres Herkel. The Assembly considered concrete recommendations for countries under monitoring or post-monitoring procedure and urged them to fully comply with the obligations and commitments they entered into upon accession to the Council of Europe.

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