The right to truth: gross human rights violations and the dignity of victims

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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 VictimsContinue reading

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International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: open letter to UN Security Council

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Lobby for Cyprus open letter to the President of the UN Security Council and its five permanent members Continue reading

What’s yours is ours: Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy in Cyprus

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‘What we stole from you is ours and what we haven’t stolen from you, you must share.’ 

This is in effect Turkey’s position with regard to the hydrocarbon energy resources of the Republic of Cyprus, an independent member state of the Commonwealth, Council of Europe and European Union.  Continue reading

Night for Cyprus 2017: address by Lobby for Cyprus co-ordinator

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Lobby for Cyprus co-ordinator addresses the Night for Cyprus 2017 © Peter Pentayiotis

quote-marks-open 43 years have passed since the two Turkish invasions and subsequent occupation of our beloved island. Yet, we are no closer to any settlement. As a matter of fact, we are far away from a settlement as a result of Turkey’s regional policy and grand strategy dating back to 1956, both of which adversely affect Cyprus.  Continue reading

Νύχτα για την Κύπρο 2017: ομιλία του συντονιστή του Lobby for Cyprus

quote-marks-open Έχουν περάσει 43 χρόνια από τις δύο τουρκικές εισβολές και την έκτοτε συνεχιζόμενη κατοχή της αγαπημένης μας νήσου. Και όμως, δεν είμαστε κοντά σε καμία διευθέτηση. Τουναντίον, είμαστε πολύ μακριά από μια διευθέτηση λόγω της περιφερειακής τουρκικής πολιτικής και της μεγάλης της στρατηγικής που χρονολογείται από το 1956, αμφότερες των οποίων επηρεάζουν δυσμενώς την Κύπρο.  Continue reading

Unilateral declaration of illegality: Turkey’s rogue regime in Cyprus

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“Legally invalid”. Flags of illegal occupier Turkey and its subordinate regime. UN Security Council Resolution 541: “Calls upon all States not to recognise any Cypriot state other than the Republic of Cyprus” © Lobby for Cyprus

Today marks the passage of 34 years since the start of a sinister new development in the Turkish-occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus. On 15 November 1983, an entity described as the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (‘TRNC’) purported to come into existence pursuant to a unilateral ‘declaration of independence’Continue reading