BAKU, Azerbaijan -- The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly has urged Ukrainian authorities to stop denying jailed Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko her basic human right to medical care.
The Assembly, which brings together Members of the European Parliament and MPs from the EU's eastern neighbor countries, made the demand in an urgent resolution passed on Wednesday at its meeting in Azerbaijan capital Baku.
The resolution highlights Tymoshenko's fundamental right to health care, rather than political concerns for her as Ukraine's former Prime Minister, Ukraine MP and Euronest Co-Chair Borys Tarasyuk explained before the vote.
The resolution, tabled by Tarasyuk, MEPs, and Moldavian and Ukrainian MPs, was approved by 40 votes to two with 17 abstentions.
The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly called on the Ukrainian authorities to allow Tymoshenko to undergo regular independent toxicology tests in the EU, medical treatment outside the prison system and regular health checks by international medical experts.
It noted that these experts have encountered obstacles when trying to assess her condition.
Euronest members urged the Ukrainian authorities to guarantee the fundamental right to health and well-being of her fellow former Ministers Yuriy Lutsenko and Valeriy Ivashchenko, and also to ensure that they get the medical care that they need, in line with international standards.
MEPs and their counterparts from the EU's eastern neighbor countries also deplored the sentence passed on Tymoshenko and urged the Ukrainian authorities to ensure a fair, transparent and impartial appeal process for her and other former members of her government facing economic offense charges.