Seminar: The de-facto Turkification of occupied Cyprus • 20 July 2022

A seminar to mark the passage of 48 years since Turkey invaded the Republic of Cyprus, to highlight the ongoing attempts to illegally transform the occupied north into a province of Turkey and to warn about the dangers lying ahead.

Wednesday 20 July 20227pm

The seminar will focus on ongoing systematic attempts by Turkey to transform the Turkish-occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus into an appendage of Turkey. The panelists will explore efforts sponsored by the Turkish government to erase the cultural and historic identity of the occupied area; the alteration of the demographic strucure of occupied Cyprus with Muslim Turkish colonists; the destruction of Greek and Christian heritage such as the conversion of churches into mosques; and the renaming of towns and villages from Greek to Turkish. The event will address the dangers that lie ahead for the Republic of Cyprus.

Welcome address by: 

Photis Photiou
Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots of the Republic of Cyprus


David Burrowes
Prime Minister’s Deputy Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Tasoula Hadjitofi
Cultural campaigner, author and founder of Walk of Truth

Dr Theodora Christou

Dr Theodora Christou
Convenor of Transnational Law and Governance, Queen Mary University of London. Visiting Lecturer, LSE. Lobby for Cyprus executive

Special remarks by:

Nicholas Manolis

Nicholas T. Manolis
Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK

George Eugeniou

George Eugeniou
Founder and artistic director of Theatro Technis, London, UK


Theo Theodorou

Theo Theodorou
Consultant in Transnational Education. Co-ordinator, Lobby for Cyprus

Nick Kounoupias

Nick Kounoupias
Specialist lawyer in intellectual property. Lobby for Cyprus executive

Musical performance by Nikos Savvides

• Admission free
• Followed by Q&A session
• The event will be in English

The event is part of Cyprus Week 2022, a series of events presented with Theatro Technis, to mark 48 years since the Turkish invasions and occupation of the northern area of the Republic of Cyprus, in violation of international law and ethical principles of civilised conduct.

Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, London NW1 1TT

Nearest tube Mornington Crescent



Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation that campaigns for a unitary Republic of Cyprus free from Turkish occupation and without any forms of segregation along ethnic or religious lines.