In its joint motion for a resolution on current developments in Ukraine, approved today by the European parliament, members of the parliament deplore the sentencing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as a violation of human rights and an abuse of the judiciary for the purpose of the political suppression of Ukraine's leading opposition politician.

According to the resolution, 'the law selectively applied against Tymoshenko dates back to Soviet times and makes provision for criminal prosecution for political decisions,' which do not conform to European and UN standards.

The European Parliament urges the Ukrainian authorities to ensure a fair, transparent and impartial legal process should Yulia Tymoshenko appeal against her conviction, and in the other trials against members of the former government. MEPs also insist that Yulia Tymoshenko should be allowed to exercise her right to participate fully in the political process both as of now and in the forthcoming elections in Ukraine.

The European Parliament has also paid attention to the trial over former Minister of the Interior, Yuri Lutsenko, expressing concern at his continued detention.

In the resolution MEPs pointed out that a failure to review Yulia Tymoshenko's conviction will jeopardise the conclusion of the Association Agreement and its ratification, while pushing the country further away from the realisation of its European perspective.

The document reads that the EP "insists that all judicial proceedings against former and current senior government officials should be conducted in accordance with European standards of fairness, impartiality, transparency and independence."

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