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The fundamental rights and liberties of the individual aptly known as human rights are by and large entrenched in the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus. The concept of guaranteed rights and liberties had no antecedent in English law, the law applicable at the time of independence. The leading authority on the nature, scope and range of application of human rights is the case of Police v. Georghiades (1983) 2 C.L.R. 33 (FB). The Supreme Court adverted to the nature of human rights, their application and the consequences of their breach. Article 12 incorporates fundamental norms of justice assured as the inalienable rights of the individual. The boundaries of human rights are delineated by reference to the corresponding right of every other person. The jurisprudence of the Supreme Court accepts that there is no impediment to coupling a right with a duty to exercise it.

Keywords: Cyprus; English law; guaranteed rights; human rights; Supreme Court



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