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Iryna Danylovych

HRD, civic journalist

Iryna Danylovych is a human rights defender and civic journalist who reveals problems of health care system in Crimea, including its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Irina has been working as a medical personnel and has been advocating for the rights of health workers through their professional trade union and her own project “Crimean medicine without a cover”. Iryna Danylovych cooperates with many independent media outlets, including “INжир” and “Crimean Process” that reports on court hearings on politically motivated cases in Crimea.


Since the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, HRDs who defend the rights of Crimean Tatars or ethnic Ukrainians, and those who monitor and document violations of human rights in the peninsula that is currently governed de facto by the Russian Federation, and those who work in Luhansk and Donetsk and have refused Russian citizenship became the main targets of systemic and severe intimidation and harassment. Thus, HRDs, journalists, lawyers, and bloggers in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have been repeatedly harassed by security forces and subjected to abduction, physical attacks, home searches, surveillance, interrogation, unlawful detention, criminal prosecution, accusations of alleged terrorism and propagation of extremism, deprivation of the right to a fair trial, forced psychiatric examinations, and threats to family members. Several HRDs have been denied access to the peninsula.