Cyprus 1974: the second Turkish invasion and the scandal of the ongoing occupation

Army of illegal occupation: Turkish troops in Cyprus, 1974

Forty-five years ago, on 14 August 1974, Turkey launched the second of its brutal invasions of the Republic of Cyprus. Continue reading


1974-2019: 45 years of unchecked Turkish aggression in Cyprus

Invading Turkish troops in Cyprus, 1974. The European Commission of Human Rights documented many of the appalling atrocities that were committed by the Turkish military.

The date 20 July represents the awful anniversary of Turkey’s illegal, brutal and unjustified invasion of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. Continue reading

Erdogan: “We will increase our [occupation] troops in Cyprus”

Turkish troops in 1974
Turkish troops on parade in 1974. President Erdogan has stated that Turkey will increase its number of occupation troops in Cyprus.

“In a further demonstration of Ankara’s longstanding intransigence over Cyprus, President Erdogan recently stated that Turkey will increase its troop presence in the area of the Republic of Cyprus it has occupied since 1974”, said Lobby for Cyprus spokesperson Vangelis Christou. Continue reading

1974: The bloodshed caused by the Turkish invasions of Cyprus

Tanks of the Turkish invaders in Cyprus 1974
Turkish invasion forces in Cyprus, 1974. The Turkish military committed appalling atrocities, as documented by the European Commission of Human Rights.

20 July and 14 August mark two blood-soaked episodes in the turbulent modern history of Cyprus: the days on which Turkey invaded and re-invaded Cyprus in 1974. Continue reading

‘My visit to occupied Cyprus’

The church of Antiphonitis in Ayios Amvrosios, once the hub of village life has been looted and left in a state of decay © Lobby for Cyprus

At the Lobby for Cyprus Refugee voices event, Liza Matsangou, the daughter of Cypriot refugees, gave an account of her family’s brief return to their occupied village of Ayios Amvrosios, in the Kyrenia district of Cyprus.  Continue reading

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

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