UWC CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YURIY LUTSENKO

27.11.12


The President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Eugene Czolij, has called on the international community to demand that Ukraine’s authorities release opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko immediately.

His move follows last week's ruling by a five-member panel of the European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber, which dismissed a request made by Ukraine’s authorities to appeal an earlier judgment in the case of Lutsenko v Ukraine. 

In that earlier judgment, which is now final and binding on Ukraine, the Court described the violations committed by Ukraine’s authorities under the European Convention on Human Rights (ratified by Ukraine in 1997). 

After the European Court's ruling last week, a Court of Appeal in Kyiv returned Yuri Lutsenko to Menska penal colony. 

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The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.

 



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