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This brief booklet contains substantive information on the documented and continuing violations of internationally protected human rights committed by Turkey in Cyprus. These violations are the direct outcome of Turkey’s unlawful 1974 invasion of the Republic of Cyprus, of the continuing occupation of nearly 37% of its sovereign territory, and the systematic ethnic cleansing that occurred in the area of Cyprus under Turkish occupation.
The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the EU, while Turkey is engaged in accession talks with the EU. The material on which this booklet is based comes from reports, investigations and decisions by NGO’s, the European Commission of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament among others. These independent sources fully document Turkey’s violations of contemporary international and European human rights laws and treaties that Turkey has also signed and ratified. This presents a major legal and political challenge to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights espoused in article VI of the Founding Treaty of the EU, and which are the foundations of the post-Cold War European order.
The human rights violations presented in this booklet have been and continue to be directed against Greek Cypriots because of their ethnicity, religion and language. Such discrimination is explicitly prohibited under both the European Convention of Human Rights (article 14) and by the Charter of Fundamental
Rights of the EU (article 21). It is our fundamental position that the restoration of human rights will provide the foundation of a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem.
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