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1/14/2013--Introduced.Condemns the verdict against Yulia Tymoshenko and requests that she be released from custody while the verdict is appealed. Demands that Ukraine: (1) release all political prisoners and... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Jan 14, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Jan 14, 2013

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RESOLUTION

Condemning the persecution of political opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko as well as other political prisoners, among them former internal affairs minister Yuri Lutsenko.

Whereas these trials have been seen by the international community as political persecution against the opposition of the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych; Whereas starting on May 2010 a number of criminal cases were opened against Yulia Tymoshenko and against ministers and officials from the previous government led by her under the assertion that these cases were brought forth to fight corruption in Ukraine; Whereas Ms. Tymoshenko was charged in May 2011 over abuse of office in regards to a 2009 natural gas import contract with Russia and her trial began on June 24, 2011; Whereas, on August 5, 2011, the court ruled that Ms. Tymoshenko was in contempt of court and imprisoned her for the remainder of her trial, a period of over two months; Whereas the fairness of the trial has been in question due to Ms. Tymoshenko being denied legal representation on two occasions and not being offered an appropriate amount of time for her defense team to prepare for trial; Whereas, during her imprisonment, Ms. Tymoshenko began to show signs of severe illness and the court refused her request to be examined by a personal physician; Whereas, on October 11, 2011, the court found Ms. Tymoshenko guilty of abuse of power, sentenced her to seven years in jail, fined her $189 million and banned her from holding elected office for a...

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I oppose H.Res. 28 ("Condemning the persecution of political opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko as well as other political prisoners,") because...I couldn't find anything about this person and from what country the person was from; but the Congress has much more important things to consider than to get involved in foreign affairs of this nature. Let their people make their voices heard like we do on matters that concern us.

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Bill Summary

1/14/2013--Introduced.Condemns the verdict against Yulia Tymoshenko and requests that she be released from custody while the verdict is appealed. Demands that Ukraine: (1) release all political prisoners and provide medical care to those that have been imprisoned; and (2) adhere to the principles of democracy and rule of law by respecting human rights, freedom of the press, and the protection of free speech and the right to peaceful assembly.

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