West and UN must hold Turkey to account for Geneva Convention violations in Cyprus

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Hundreds of Greek Cypriot prisoners being transferred to Turkey in 1974. Some of the persons identified in this photograph are listed as ‘disappeared’.

“The impunity granted to Turkey must come to an end, the law must be enforced and justice must be served”, said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.  Continue reading

Refugee voices

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Memories of life before and during the Turkish invasion of 1974: a teenage refugee from Kyrenia fled with few belongings such as family photos and her diary, which gives a day-by-day account of her escape. Her brother, shown above, was listing as missing. His remains were recently found – he was murdered by Turkish troops.

The stories of those who fled and those who made the painful visit to their homes and lands in occupied Cyprus  Continue reading

Lessons of history: Constantinople

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Artist’s depiction of the Greek Orthodox church of Ayia Sophia (Ἁγία Σοφία – Holy Wisdom) in Constantinople in the 10th century, prior to its conversion to a mosque and then museum

To this day, many Greeks consider Tuesday to be a day of ill omen – a black day – for it was on a Tuesday 29 May 1453 that the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople, capital of Byzantium, fell to the invading Ottoman Turks.  Continue reading

Atilla two: the second Turkish invasion of Cyprus

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14 August marks the tragic day on which Turkey launched ‘Atilla two’ – its second brutal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974.

Turkey had already captured part of Cyprus in its initial invasion on 20 July 1974. It used the flimsy pretext that it was “restoring constitutional order” following a short-lived coup to overthrow President Makarios by the US-backed junta which was then ruling Greece.  Continue reading

Seminar report: The ‘Disappeared’ of Cyprus

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On 16 July, Lobby for Cyprus held its annual seminar at Cyprus Week, which takes place at Theatro Technis in London every year. The theme of this year’s event was a remembrance of those listed as missing following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus  in 1974. In collaboration with the Organisation of Relatives of Missing Cypriots (UK), the tragic stories of the missing persons of Cyprus were told from the perspective of their relatives. Continue reading