issues for over 30 years in the UK, Australia and other countries. I am here to observe the trial of
former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, I am also a delegate to the Human Rights
Institute in London and on this occasion working alongside a delegation from Humanitad.
My attendance was prompted in response to reports of violations regarding the legal process and the human rights issues, having seen some of the transcripts and heard of international concerns from European countries and the United States. These concerns include a lack of time to prepare the defence, reports that on one occasion the proceedings continued without Ms Tymoshenko or her lawyers present in the court, reports about the health of Ms Tymoshenko and complaints of
numerous procedural irregularities effecting the fairness of the trial.
Humanitad works with religious and political leaders across the globe and develops intergovernmental initiatives which serve human and planetary betterment. It recently advocated
and won the release of Indonesian spiritual leader Anand Krishna from hunger strike whilst
detained in unlawful imprisonment.
The delegation’s aim has been to witness the trial process; as a result of our initial findings we will
now be requesting full trial transcripts with a view to producing a detailed report on this case. We
intend to publish our report on the Tymoshenko trial as soon as we have fully reviewed the case
details and transcripts. In due course we intend to issue a news release and make our report
available to the media.
Notes to Editors:
Established in 1999, Humanitad is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting
peace, justice, human rights and good governance and I am working alongside their delegation to
observe this court. Humanitad is recognised at the UN as an NGO.
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