European Parliament calls on the Ukrainian government to terminate the recognizance not to leave for the Batkivchshyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko and for other key political figures and to allow them to travel domestically and abroad.

This is stated in the today’s European Parliament’s "Resolution on Ukraine: the case of Yulia Tymoshenko and other members of the former government."

The European Parliament "notes that the ongoing investigations against major political leaders of Ukraine shall not interfere with their active participation in political life of the country, meetings with voters and traveling abroad for international meetings, and therefore calls on the Ukrainian government to terminate recognizance not to leave, which relates to travels within the country and outside its borders applied against Yulia Tymoshenko and other key political figures."

The European Parliament "stressed the importance of ensuring maximum transparency in investigations, prosecutions and court hearings, and also warns against the possible use of criminal justice as a means of achieving political goals."

The resolution notes that the European Parliament is concerned about the growth of selective prosecution of political opponents in Ukraine, as well as the disproportionate measures taken, especially in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko. European parliamentarians also pay attention to the fact that Yuriy Lutsenko is under arrest since 26 December 2010 and express their support for the ombudsman Nina Karpachova, who appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office to consider the possibility of changing the preventive measure to another one not related with imprisonment.

The European Parliament reminds the Ukrainian authorities that the principle of collective responsibility for the government decisions does not allow to persecute individual members of the government for the decisions taken collectively, and also highlights the fact that strengthening the rule of law and fighting corruption, deserve credibility and are important not only for signing the Association Agreement and deepening relations between Ukraine and the EU as a whole, but also for the consolidation of democracy in Ukraine.

Members of the European Parliament have also urged the European Commission to assist in conducting judicial reform in Ukraine within the framework of the effective use of mechanisms of the Program for the development of opportunities for the EU, as well as to consider establishing of an EU Advisory group of high level to help Ukraine in its efforts to bring legislation into line with the EU legislation, including legislation on the judicial system.

European Parliament has instructed its President to forward this resolution to the Council, Commission, member states, the government and parliament of Ukraine, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and OSCE.

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