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The Right of Return

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This chapter deals with the legal developments and the principles which have been incorporated in the international and human rights law in relation to the right of refugees and internally displaced persons to return to their homes and properties after their forcible displacement. Countries which refuse to repatriate and generally allow the return of displaced persons invoke a variety of reasons either for the delay or for the refusal to carry out their obligation. The European Convention on Human Rights of the Council of Europe which entered into force in 1953 has contributed to the development and establishment of the legal principles relating to the right of return. The mass human rights violations committed by Turkey in the occupied area included the forcible displacement of about two hundred thousand Greek Cypriots from their homes.

Keywords: European Convention on Human Rights; Greek Cypriots; human rights law; refugees; right of return; Turkey



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