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Apr 30, 2012, 12:38 pm

Ukrainians in Czech Republic urge Yulia Tymoshenko to end hunger strike

pr_a8360a.jpgUkrainian organizations in the Czech Republic have appealed to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to end her hunger strike.

"We appeal to the leader of the opposition, the courageous fighter and patriot of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko to end her hunger strike. Your life doesn’t belong to you - it belongs to Ukraine, to the 11 million Ukrainians who wanted you to be president and see you as the head of the Ukrainian state in the near future. With your actions you showed that even in the current government’s dungeons you can fight for freedom and be stronger than this regime that is afraid of you, and your suffering and potentially lethal end will only bring them joy. Don’t let this happen. God gives a person life and only He can decide when to take it away," said a statement issued by Ukrainian organizations in the Czech Republic.

Ukrainians in the Czech Republic believe events in Ukraine mark the end of the period of democratic development in the country that began after the Orange Revolution and the beginning of the second wave of political repression by the ruling government. "This is all happening on the backdrop of the government’s disregard for the position of European institutions. This applies to the non-fulfillment of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights from March 15, 2012 that under Rule 39 Yulia Tymoshenko must be given treatment by independent doctors in a specialized facility," the statement said.

"We appeal to Ukrainian organizations around the world, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and national parliaments of the EU to help Ukraine fight for democracy and a European choice, for respect for human rights, for fair and democratic elections," the statement said.

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