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ECHR accepts the application regarding the unlawful detention of Iryna Danylovych

15.06.2023, 13:05
Photo: Iryna Danylovych on Facebook
Photo: Iryna Danylovych on Facebook

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has accepted the application regarding the unlawful detention of citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych in occupied Crimea, KrymSOS reports.

"Detaining a person without filing a record or registering anything, detaining a person incommunicado, without access to a lawyer, in the basement of a local FSB office, torturing them. All these are a violation of fundamental human rights. At the same time, the Russian security forces have tried to deny the violations, claiming that Iryna was staying there voluntarily, of her own free will," says lawyer Serhiy Zayets.

In January 2023, KrymSOS lawyers prepared and submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights. It concerns the illegal detention of citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, which violates multiple human rights enshrined in the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and its protocols. In particular, Article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms provides that everyone has the right to liberty and security of person.

"The fact that Russia has been expelled from the Council of Europe does not mean that we should not take action. The fight is important for those suffering from Russian repression. Although this appeal will not affect Iryna's current situation, fighting is important to step up the international pressure, and sooner or later Russia will be forced to respond," the lawyer adds.

As IMI reported, Iryna Danylovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

In late July 2022, Danylovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

On December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea ("judge" Natalia Kulinskaya), sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danylovych to seven years in prison on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

On March 21, Iryna Danylovych wrote a letter announcing she was going on a dry hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death." In the letter, she reported on the deterioration of her health: hearing issues and a possible microstroke.

On March 22, 2023, multiple human rights organizations called for the immediate hospitalization of Iryna Danylovych.

Iryna was not taken for the promised medical examination for a long time following her hunger strike, because "judge" Natalia Kulinskaya deliberately set the date for reviewing the case material on the day when the prison administration were planning to take Danylovych to the hospital.

Iryna Danylovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a case regarding the illegal searches and detention of Iryna Danylovych.

On April 23, 2023, Iryna's father Bronislav Danylovych said that his daughter was not receiving the treatment she had been promised.

On May 2, 2023, the Russia-backed Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea referred the case against citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych backed to the occupiers' Feodosia City Court because the defendant had not completed the review of the case.

The Russian-backed Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea scheduled the hearing of the appeal against the Feodosia city court's ruling in the case against the citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych for June 15, 2023.

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