Political Persecutions

Tymoshenko case: the European Court of Human Rights condemns the practice of selective justice in Ukraine

May 1st, 2013 | By

The Court of Strasbourg stated that the restriction of (Yulia Tymoshenko’s) liberty had not been applied for the purpose of bringing her before a competent legal authority on reasonable suspicion of having committed an offence, but for other reasons.

MP Lesya Orobetz on Political Persecutions in Ukraine

Jan 24th, 2013 | By

Ukrainian MP addressing Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on political persecution in Ukraine and around the world.

Ukraine’s lawless language law

Jul 16th, 2012 | By

If you are a political strategist in Ukraine and you really want to divide the electorate, follow the lead of President Viktor Yanukovych and his supporting cast of MPs in the parliament, primarily from his own Party of Regions and corrupt hangers-on including the Communist Party and others whose consciences are for sale to the…

Letter to Canada’s Prime Minister on Deterioration of Democracy in Ukraine

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

Canada’s leadership in the international effort to stop the decline of Ukraine’s democracy is crucial. We thank you, Prime Minister, for all you have done and respectfully ask again that Canada continue advancing the cause of democracy in Ukraine by systematically increasing pressure on the Yanukovych government to abide by democratic norms.

Statement of Ukrainian Ombudsman on Tymoshenko’s Tortures

Apr 26th, 2012 | By

In the presence of the head of Kachanivska colony, Yulia Tymoshenko gave her consent to the Representative of the Human Rights Commissioner to conduct a visual examination of her bodily injuries. During the visual examination, bruises on forearm, parts of the right elbow joint, as well as a large bruise on the right inguinal part were found.

Really Betraying a Revolution

Apr 15th, 2012 | By

The following article was published nearly 7 years ago when [then] PM Yulia Tymoshenko came under criticism from a right wing US think tank while at the same time Ukraine was under economic pressure from  the Kremlin and their rising fuel price demands.. Terry E. Hallman Monday, 23 May, 2005 On May 18, a mischievous…

Dear Mr Ambassador

Mar 29th, 2012 | By

Today, as the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship opens in my own country,  I’m reminded of the last acts of former colleague Terry Hallman, a human rights activist and a pioneer of social enterprise in Ukraine.  In May 2011, he draws the attention of US Ambassador John Tefft, for the need to take a…

More Democratic Setbacks In Ukraine

Mar 13th, 2012 | By

The time has come for the Ukrainian authorities to stop their slide to authoritarianism and resulting isolation which will only harm Ukrainians who for so long–and at such great cost–have struggled for freedom, dignity and justice.

Lutsenko to Michnik

Mar 10th, 2012 | By

The foundation of my beliefs and actions has always consisted of following in the steps of worthy predecessors. Adam, your example is one of the stones on the cliffs of freedom, which will remain insuperable.

Be strong! Adam Michnik 2 Yuriy Lutsenko

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By

Yuriy Lutsenko, one of the leaders of the Orange Revolution of 2004, subsequently Minister of the Interior in the government of Tymoshenko, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment for alleged embezzlement.