Ukraine Greens ask Ukrainian government to guarantee safety of hospitalised journalist Tatyana Chornovol
In a letter today to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Mykoa Azarov and Deputy Prime Minister Andriej Klujew, Greens/EFA president Rebecca Harms urged them guarantee the safety of the journalist Tatyana Chornovol and ensure she is no longer subject to persecution. Ms Chornovol, an outspoken critic of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, is currently hospitalised after a brutal and almost fatal attack on her by unknown perpetrators on 25 December 2013. Yesterday, it became known that Ms Chornovol and the hospital where she has been staying since the attack have come under pressure.
Commenting on her letter, Rebecca Harms, who had visited Ms Chornovol in hospital in Kiev on 2 January, said:
"It is necessary to ensure that Ms Chornovol receives all the medical care she requires. Her injuries are serious and she clearly needs to remain in hospital. My impression was that the hospital provided a very good standard of care and that she feels in good hands. This is and will be necessary for her body and mind.
I welcome the news that the government of Ukraine has taken judicial steps and opened a case to bring her attackers to justice. So I would like to ask that she be helped to recover without any pressure against her doctors, family or friends."
Please find here below the original letter:
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych,
Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykoa Azarov,
Deputy Prime Minister Andriej Klujew,
Yesterday evening, I learned via media that there is pressure against Mrs. Tatyana Chornovol and the hospital, where she stays since the attack on her in December.
On January 2nd 2014 I had the chance to visit Mrs. Tatyana Chornovol in hospital in Kiyv. I am still concerned about that what she told me about the very brutal attack. Her injuries are serious and she obviously still needs to be in hospital. It is good and necessary that the government of Ukraine takes judicial steps and opened a case against those who are responsible for her suffering. At the same time it is also necessary to guarantee that she receives all the necessary medical care. My impression was that the hospital is very good and that she feels in good hands. This is and will be necessary for her body and her soul.
So I ask everybody to help her to recover without any pressure against her doctors, her family or friends.
I know that the political debate in Kiyv is very controversial. But the attacks against persons and pressure and violence like in the case of Mrs. Chornovol should not be accepted by nobody in Ukraine.
With kind regards
President of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament
Press Service of the Greens/EFA Group
in the European Parliament
Head of Press Office
mobile phone: 0032-475-67 13 40