Tymoshenko's Daughter Asks OSCE To Investigate Abuse Of Legal System In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Yevheniya Tymoshenko, the daughter of the jailed former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to investigate the abuse of the legal system in Ukraine.

Tymoshenko's daughter Yevheniya.

"The OSCE can use its investigatory powers to examine the human rights situation in my country. Under your rule of law initiative, you can examine how Ukraine's legal system is being systematically twisted to conform to President [Viktor] Yanukovych's will," she said at a meeting of the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, according to a statement posted on Tymoshenko's Web site.

Tymoshenko's daughter also said that the international community should demonstrate solidarity with those defending democratic values in Ukraine.

"It is not too late for my mother. And it is not too late for Ukraine. But the darkness is gathering."

"Demonstrate your resolve and solidarity for the sake of our common democratic future! Do it for freedom in Europe," she said.

"We can and will defend our freedoms, and I believe that there are practical steps to help us that you can take, not for my mother’s sake, but for the sake of all Ukrainians who look to you with hope," she said.

The ex-premier's daughter told the meeting participants about the political situation in Ukraine, the persecution of the opposition and her mother's health and conditions in prison.

Tymoshenko said that her mother's rights are being violated in prison, that despite suffering severe back pain, she is not getting proper medical treatment, is interrogated for hours, and is under constant video surveillance in her cell.

"The prison authorities say all her rights are being respected. She should have access to a telephone. So, why is she denied that right, even on my birthday a few days ago?" she said.

She said that her fear her mother may be killed in prison is growing every day.

Members of the OSCE PA expressed concern over the situation with Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners in Ukraine and stressed that these cases are politically motivated.

Most of the speakers believe Tymoshenko is being tortured in prison.

In the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine, it was said that opposition leaders should have the right to participate fully in political life and take part in elections.

"The purpose of the regime is clear: they want by any means possible to keep my mother in prison, to wreck any chance of the opposition to mount a serious challenge to the regime's grip on power in the parliamentary elections this autumn," Tymoshenko said, urging the OSCE to send the largest contingent of electoral monitors ever organized to observe not just election day, but the whole electoral process.

Source: Interfax