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Friday, January 11, 2008

Turkey found guilty of human rights violations in case of missing Cypriots

The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of human rights abuses in the case of Greek Cypriots missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the Cyprus Embassy in Washington reported Thursday.

The Court said that Turkey is guilty of “the continuing violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on account of failure of the authorities of the respondent state (Turkey) to conduct an effective investigation into the whereabouts and fate of the nine first applicants who disappeared in life threatening circumstances.”

According to the article: “The applicants are 18 Cypriot nationals, nine of whom have been considered missing since they were taken into captivity by the Turkish army during military action in Cyprus in 1974. They have not been accounted for since.”

Vasilis Palmas, a Cyprus government spokesman, said of the judgment: “this is a positive development and the Government expresses its satisfaction.”

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