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European Human Rights Law And Turkey’s Violations In The Occupied Areas Of Cyprus

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This chapter focuses on Turkey's continuing violations of European and international human rights law in Cyprus. These violations commenced on 20 July 1974 with Turkey's invasion of a sovereign UN member. The chapter analyzes the actions by European institutions in response to Turkey's violations of the European Convention in Cyprus. Turkey had to adopt new laws, to revise existing laws and to start implementing necessary reforms prior to the commencement of EU accession talks in the fall of 2005. The most recent cases include the Greek minorities of Istanbul, Imbros and Tenedos, and the fate of the Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. The Cyprus case is a litmus test of the effectiveness of the post WWII European human rights system and the real test of the EU's commitment to the rule of law, democracy and human rights.

Keywords: Cyprus; European Commission; European Convention; European Human Rights Law; Turkey; WWII



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