UKRAINE: Release Yulia Tymoshenko Now
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UKRAINE: Release Yulia Tymoshenko Now

    1. Ethan Zachery Scott
    2. Petition by

      Ethan Zachery Scott

      Los Angeles, CA

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"I thought the last minutes of my life had come. In unbearable pain and fear I started to cry and call out for help, but no help came." - The words of Yulia Tymoshenko on April 24, 2012.

Yulia Tymoshenko is a 51 year old mother, wife, and politician. She served twice as the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the only woman in history to hold the office. After narrowly losing to Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukrainian presidential elections of 2010, Mrs. Tymoshenko was removed from office and arrested for corruption by the newly elected government. World leaders from around the globe, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel , and Vladimir Putin, have since condemned the arrest and claimed it to be the result of a political show trial to prevent Tymoshenko’s opposition party from participating in elections.  

Mrs. Tymoshenko is suffering from severe spinal condition and is in constant pain. Since late 2011, Mrs. Tymoshenko has been confided to her prison cell bed, unable to stand or walk on her own. In fear of malpractice by government appointed doctors, she has repeatedly requested to be examined and treated by independent doctors of her choice – a request that the Yanukovych has denied. Therefore, she has gone without treatment.

On April 20, 2012 Mrs. Tymoshenko was transported against her will to a state-run hospital near the prison for treatment. She refused to be treated by government doctors and once again was taken back to the prison the following day. It was during this exchange that Mrs. Tymoshenko claims she was severely beaten by her prison guards.

"Three strong men came up to my bed, threw a sheet on me and then started pulling me off the bed by force. In pain and despair I started defending myself as I could, and was hit hard with a fist in the stomach," Mrs. Tymoshenko claims."They tied up my arms and legs, lifted me up and dragged me out in the sheet. I thought the last minutes of my life had come. In unbearable pain and fear I started to cry and call out for help, but no help came."

This traumatizing event prompted Mrs. Tymoshenko to start a hunger strike in hopes of gaining world attention."I stopped taking food on 20 April with one aim – to draw attention of the democratic world to things happening in the centre of Europe, in the country named Ukraine." She said. "If we lose time we will get a new Libya or Syria in the centre of Europe, and then it will be late to extinguish the fire. I beg the democratic world and all healthy forces within Ukraine to start acting immediately and with joint efforts to eliminate this all-European threat. I say eliminate because conservative treatment is already impossible in this case. "

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/126540/ - April 24 Statement by Tymoshenko

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Tymoshenko - Wikipedia profile of Tymoshenko

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ukraines-former-prime-minister-tymoshenko-goes-on-hunger-strike-after-alleged-beating/2012/04/24/gIQAUr2AeT_story.html  - Associated Press article on Beating

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    1. Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike after alleged beating

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko alleged on Tuesday that guards at the prison where she is being held severely beat her and said she has begun a hunger strike.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Tymoshenko arrested for life; BYuT leaves Parliament

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Yulia Tymoshenko has been "re-arrested" for yet another charger. This time, however, she can be held indefinitely even if her seven year prison sentence is overturned.

      "According to this order, Yulia Tymoshenko is to be detained for ever, for life," said Sergiy Vlasenko, Tymoshenko's lawyer.

      Vlasenko went on to say, "Tymoshenko is sick and lies in her bed. The prosecutor and investigator are sitting in the armchairs brought to the cell early in the morning today. They brought the desk in the cell at 7 a.m. They woke Tymoshenko up at 6 a.m."

      Tymoshenko is said to require surgery, and has been experiencing immobilizing pain, nosebleeds, and numbness.

      Additionally, Members of Parliament from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc - Batkivschyna and Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense bloc factions have abandoned the Verkhovna Rada chamber in protest against re-arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko, the current leader of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Association party.

      The government of Ukraine has fallen

    4. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Pledges Support

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      In response to outreach for support of the U.S. Senate and the current Administration, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California pledged her support for our Change.org campaign to release Yulia Tymoshenko.

      In a personally written letter, Senator Feinstein, who is Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said "I will continue to monitor reports of human rights abuses in Ukraine and will continue to work through diplomatic channels to voice our mutual concerns."

      Feinstein joins U.S. Senator John McCain, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and President Barack Obama, to directly address the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko. Feinstein is the first, however, to personally respond to this Change.org petition.

      She went on to say, "As a country which holds individual liberty and basic human rights as fundamental principles, the United States should actively promote the advancement of human rights throughout the globe."

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Viktor Yanukovych Promises To Allow Medical Treatment

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to allow jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to receive medical attention outside of the Kyiv prison, where she is currently being held.

      I'll believe it when I see it.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Yevhenia Carr: Tymoshenko is being tortured

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Yevhenia Carr, daughter of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, is claiming that her mother is being tortured at the Lukyanivska Prison in Ukraine.

      "At the moment my mother is in a very critical state; she is kept in a cell, she cannot get up from the prison bed," Carr said. "I'm scared for my mother's life..."

      Carr went on to say that the treatment of Tymoshenko at the prison can be, "characterize this as torture."

      "And for the first time in the history of imprisonment, in criminal history, or [in the history] of the prisons of Ukraine, the investigation is carried out in a cell when the person is lying on a prison bed and cannot move."

    9. Tymoshenko severely ill; unable to walk

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Her official website has reported that the former Prime Minister's health has severely deteriorated, and is now unable to walk without assistance. The prison has refused to treat her or have her inspected by a doctor. The current government of Ukraine should be ashamed for its blatant and deplorable lack of human rights.

    10. Reached 50 signatures
    11. Viktor Yanukovych Disregards Democracy

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      The judge has banned Tymoshenko from seeking elected office for her period of imprisonment (disqualifying her from participation in the 2012 parliamentary and 2015 presidential elections). She is the legal leader of the opposition in Ukraine, with millions of supporters. President Viktor Yanukovych has imprisioned Tymoshenko so that he may rule Ukraine without opposition.

    12. Yulia Tymoshenko has been found guilty

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been found guilty of abuse of power. She has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has successfully imprisoned Tymoshenko so that he may hold power without opposition. This proves that there is no legitimacy in the Ukrainian government.

      I will continue to recruit supporters of this petition. This fight is not over. The United States must fight back against this injustice.

    13. Reached 25 signatures
    14. Verdict set for October 11

      Ethan Zachery Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Time is running out

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    • allen shaffer AKRON, PA
      • 8 months ago

      PEACE...

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      • 8 months ago

      I admire her, she is not a criminal that deserves such a harsh punishment.

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    • фывфы ыфвыфв ыфв, UKRAINE
      • 9 months ago

      фыв

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    • Cathy Swystun SHERWOOD PARK, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Her arrest is a political atrocity and corruption at its worst.

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    • Ron Marcinkoski EDMONTON, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      justice

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