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Cyprus report Cyprus report
by Euro Reporter
2008-06-27 09:31:12
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The European Court and Turkey

The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of human rights violations in two cases Greek Cypriots had brought before the Court. The Court unanimously ruled that Ankara is guilty of violating Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of the killing of Anastasios Isaac and Solomos Solomou.

The Court also ruled that Turkey is guilty of violating Article 2 in respect of the failure to conduct an effective investigation into the circumstances in which Anastasios Isaak and Solomos Solomou were killed.

Under Article 41 (just satisfaction) of the Convention, the Court awarded 80,000 euro to Anastasios Isaac’s widow for pecuniary damage. In respect of non-pecuniary damage, the Court awarded 35,000 euro each to Anastasios Isaac’s widow, his parents, and to Solomos Solomou’s father, and also 15,000 euro to each of Anastasios Isaac’s and Solomos Solomou’s siblings. The applicants in both cases were also awarded 12,000 for costs and expenses. The two applications were filed to the Court by the families of Tasos Isaak and Solomos Solomou, both of whom were murdered by Turkish or Turkish Cypriots during demonstrations in 1996.

This court is not only blind but also deaf, otherwise they would be able to hear and see the pain of the two families!


Cultural heritage in occupied areas

The Cyprus embassy in France has denounced the destruction of the country’s historic and religious monuments in the island’s northern areas, occupied by Turkey since 1974. The embassy says that the Monastery of Saint Anastasia, a 19th century church in the occupied village of Lapithos has been turned into a hotel with a casino, named “Anastasia Resort Hotel”.

A press release issued by the embassy and posted on the Hellenic Diaspora website shows pictures of the transformation of the church to a hotel. The text said that “one of the most tragic aspects of the Cyprus question, since the invasion and occupation by the Turkish troops of the northern part of Cyprus, is the destruction and looting of the historic and religion monuments.”

“There have been destructions to such an extent that can be described as a ‘cultural cleansing,’ ” it is noted. It also points out that ‘cultural cleansing’ is systematic and results in the destruction of the people’s heritage. “Turkey wants, through this policy, to eradicate the character of this part of the Cyprus territory, in its efforts to justify the fait accompli of the invasion and occupation,” it is added.

A nation must have some kind of history to respect other's history and obviously Turkey lacks that!


UN Committee

Cyprus and Italy have been elected as the two new members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The election took place during the second session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding for the Intangible Cultural Heritage, from 16 to 19 June 2008 at UNESCO headquarters.

An official press release has said that Cyprus’ participation in the Committee will contribute to promotion, exhibition and maintenance of the traditional features, as well as to the safeguarding of its cultural and historic culture and will give the opportunity to promote its diversity and uniqueness.

Cyprus’ cultural heritage has been systematically destroyed by the Turkish occupation troops, since they invaded in 1974. Churches have been pillaged, archaeological sites left to the elements, monasteries turned into inns, houses and other buildings damaged. The government of Cyprus and the Church of Cyprus have repeatedly protested the continuing destruction of the island’s cultural, religious and historical heritage.

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Emanuel Paparella2008-06-27 11:04:45
On the other hand, the EU has only itself to blame for not respecting its own heritage and eliminating a big part of it from its Constitution: the heritage of Christianity. If one does not repsect oneself, one cannot then expect that others respect him.

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