The European Court of Human Rights (the Court) decided on 15 March 2012 to indicate to the Ukrainian Government, under Rule 391 of the Rules of Court, to ensure that former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko receive adequate medical treatment in an appropriate institution, ForUm learned from the press office of the Council of Europe.

Her application was lodged with the Court on 10 August 2011. She alleges, in particular: that her criminal prosecution and detention were politically motivated; that there has been no judicial review of the lawfulness of her detention in Kyiv SIZO no. 13; and, that her detention conditions are inadequate, with no medical care provided for her numerous health problems. She relies principally on Article 3 (prohibition of degrading treatment or punishment), Article 5 (right to liberty and security) and Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

On 30 December 2011 Ms Tymoshenko was transferred to the Kachanivska Correctional Colony in Kharkiv. On 14 March 2012 she applied before the Court for an interim measure, asking to be transferred to an appropriate medical institution in view of her health.

The Court decided on 14 December 2011 to give priority to the case - Tymoshenko v. Ukraine (application no. 49872/11) - in view of the serious and sensitive nature of the allegations raised. Notice of the application has been given to the Ukrainian Government who has been requested to submit observations by 22 March 2012.

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