On 6 July officers of the MIA Special Force Berkut unit burst into the courtroom of the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where the trial is taking place of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and used physical force against journalists
The court hearing on Wednesday in the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister and leader of the main opposition party Batkivshchyna – BYUT, ended in scandal and a brawl involving police and National Deputies
In a speech on Tuesday to the Ukraine-EU Parliamentary Club in Strasbourg, Stefan Fule, urged Ukraine’s parliament to take the advice of international organizations like the Venice Commission and GRECO into account
The latest “response” to statements of concern from Europe and the US, human rights organizations and the European Parliament over the present “gas trial” of the former Prime Minister, presidential candidate and leader of the main opposition party
The former Head of the State Customs Service, Anatoly Makarenko and former Head of the Kyiv Regional Customs Office, Taras Shchepitko have been released from custody pending trial, but not Ihor Didenko who is facing the same charges
The Human Rights Ombudsperson is sending a representative to the next hearing into the case of Serhiy Kostakov who is accused of damaging a car during the peaceful protest against the Tax Code in late November 2010. There are only police witnesses in this worrying case and a video which the defendant has not been allowed to see
The judge decided that one day was enough for the new lawyer to read through the case material. BYUT consider that such haste reflects the wish to convict the former Prime Minister as quickly as possible.
In an interview the Ambassador spoke of "things which, from the point of view of many EU representatives seem dubious. For example, we are concerned by the situation with prosecutions of opposition politicians. Such practice can lead to the bad habit that those who lose the elections end up in prison"
In an address in Lithuania, but “without mentioning either country by name, the US Secretary of State also expressed concerns about the political motivations behind Ukraine’s legal proceedings against Yulia Tymoshenko, and Russia’s refusal to register a new opposition party
A part of the property of both former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko has been frozen. The same day at the latest court hearing, Yury Lutsenko accused the Ukrainian authorities of political persecution of the opposition
Violations of civil rights and liberties have become systemic with this being seen in the overt use of the law enforcement agencies in persecuting people critical of the government, in the numerous violations of civil liberties, first and foremost, freedom of peaceful assembly and free expression of views ...
The main source of violation of rights and freedoms this year: in the Razumkov Centre’s traditional survey was President Yanukovych. Those who most contribute to violations or impede exercise of rights were seen to be National Deputies (MPs); the Police; the President and the courts.
The authoritarian countries of the former Soviet Union have built governance systems that are resistant to reform and therefore increasingly vulnerable to unpredictable crises of the sort recently seen in the Middle East and North Africa
“The US reiterates its concern about the appearance of politically-motivated prosecutions of opposition figures in Ukraine. When the senior leadership of an opposition party is the focus of prosecutions, out of proportion with other political figures, this creates the appearance of a political motive”
Jose Manuel Pintu Teisheira who was present at the first day of Tymoshenko’s trial stressed that the EU was following the trial very closely especially since it involves gas accords which resolved the conflict in the winter of 2009 which halted gas supplies to Europe
The US and the EU have condemned the charges against Mrs Tymoshenko and some of her allies as selective prosecution of political opponents. If convicted, Mrs Tymoshenko would be out of contention for parliamentary elections due in October 2012
On Tuesday the Constitutional Court issued a judgement upholding all powers held by the High Council of Justice on dismissing judges. None of the items of the submission from the Supreme Court was allowed.
On Tuesday the Lviv District Administrative Court allowed an application from the Lviv City Council to ban all mass events in Lviv on 22 June, the seventieth anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany.