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The detention of journalist Iryna Danylovych has signs of enforced disappearance – KrymSOS

04.05.2022, 11:39
Photo credit: krymsos.com
Photo credit: krymsos.com

The detention of citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych in the occupied Crimea shows signs of enforced disappearance. KrymSOS analyst Evheniy Yaroshenko reported this.

"The case of Iryna Danylovych has all elements of enforced disappearance. She had been previously detained by the occupying law enforcement officers. For five days now, her family has not learnt anything about her whereabouts, as well as the place and time of possible court hearings against her. The detainee does not have access to a lawyer," Yaroshenko said.

According to international legal norms, enforced disappearance includes three elements: 1) arrest, detention, abduction, or deprivation of liberty in any other form; 2) these actions being committed by representatives of the state or persons acting with the support of the state; 3) refusal to recognize the fact of imprisonment or concealment of information about the fate or whereabouts of a missing person, as a result of which this person remains without the protection of the law.

We remind that citizen journalist Irina Danilovich was detained on April 29 by russian security officers as she was on her way home from work, on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were confiscated.

The woman's relatives reported that the arrest was due to her "ties with a foreign state" and that Iryna was allegedly being detained for 10 days. However, the parents were not provided with any documents regarding the detention or court decision regarding their daughter. It is unknown at this time where Iryna is being held.

According to KrymSos, during the eight years of occupation of Crimea, 44 people have become victims of enforced disappearances. The fate and whereabouts of 15 people are still unknown, six were found dead, three were imprisoned, one was extradited abroad, and 19 were released after abduction.

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