On 24 March 2018, the UN marked the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. With this important day in mind:
- Lobby for Cyprus recalls that Turkey has the worst human rights record among the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, as confirmed by the statistics relating to the period from 1959 to 2017 published by the European Court of Human Rights. (Source: www.echr.coe.int/Documents/Stats_violation_1959_2017_ENG.pdf)
- Lobby for Cyprus reminds the world that the Republic of Cyprus and its citizens remain scarred by the catastrophic consequences of gross human rights violations, including many committed by Turkey after its two invasions of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974.
- Lobby for Cyprus calls upon the UN Security Council to take robust enforcement action against Turkey, the state which is undoubtedly responsible for countless human rights violations in the Republic of Cyprus, as confirmed on so many occasions by the European Commission of Human Rights and by the European Court of Human Rights.
- Lobby for Cyprus demands that that Turkey must open its archives and take all other steps to enable the truth to be established as to why it has been responsible for so many human rights violations in the Republic of Cyprus.
- Lobby for Cyprus requests the UN Security Council to hold Turkey to account for its role in procuring or failing to investigate the enforced disappearance of so many people who have gone missing in unexplained circumstances in the Republic of Cyprus.
- Lobby for Cyprus draws attention to the conspicuous failure of Turkey to sign – let alone become a state party to – the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 2006. (Source: https://treaties.un.org/pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=IV-16&chapter=4&lang=en)
- Lobby for Cyprus calls upon the UN Security Council to act upon the fine words quoted below, which the UN has used to mark the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims:
‘The right to the truth is often invoked in the context of gross violations of human rights and grave breaches of humanitarian law. The relatives of victims of summary executions, enforced disappearance, missing persons, abducted children, torture, require to know what happened to them. The right to the truth implies knowing the full and complete truth as to the events that transpired, their specific circumstances, and who participated in them, including knowing the circumstances in which the violations took place, as well as the reasons for them.’
- Lobby for Cyprus calls for an immediate end to the policies of appeasement pursued by the UN, the EU and other international organisations. These policies have done little, if anything at all, to promote democracy, justice and the rule of law with regards to Turkey’s ongoing occupation of part of the Republic of Cyprus.
For too long, many of the policies pursued by various international organisations have not held Turkey to account for its human rights violations and grave breaches of humanitarian law. Instead, they have enabled Turkey to crush the rule of law, to inflict injustice and to commit gross human rights violations with impunity. The time has come for a decisive change of direction.