February 2, 2012 - 21:01 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Despite the harsh reaction from the European Union and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and their appeal calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners, the Ukrainian authorities continue to harass their political opponents, Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of the jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, said before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on Ukraine at a Crossroads: What's at Stake for the U.S. and Europe?.
"But I don’t want you to think that this is only about my mother. It is not. Others are being repressed and unjustly imprisoned. Her former colleague, Minister of Interior Yuri Lutsenko has been imprisoned for over a year on charges that would be laughable if they were not so tragic. Former Acting Minister of Defense Valery Ivashchenko has been imprisoned for almost two years, with his health severely deteriorating," she said in her speech.
Eugenia Tymoshenko informed the members of the U.S. Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs that the Ukrainian authorities have put former Kharkiv government and regional leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Arsen Avakov on the international wanted list as well as about infringements of human rights and freedoms in her country. "Political repressions continue. My mother is only the most striking example of selective application of criminal law. This is a great challenge for Ukraine’s democratic development," she said.
Tymoshenko’s daughter also said the Yanukovych regime continues to put pressure on her family and has reopened cases against her father and grandfather, ForUm reported.