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Turkey accused by South’s FM of human rights breach

11 December 2013

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Yesterday, (Tuesday) the South’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in which it accused Turkey of committing blatant violations which affected both Turkish and Greek Cypriots.

It said that: “For more than 39 years the people of Cyprus continue to endure blatant violations of their fundamental human rights as a result of the illegal military occupation of 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey”.

The statement went on to say that hundreds of Cypriot missing persons remain unaccounted for, the internally displaced persons continue to be deprived of their homes and properties while the few hundreds of enclaved people who still reside in the TRNC continue to endure restrictions in exercising their fundamental human rights.

Turkey has obligations deriving from international law, including judgements by the ECtHR, to restore these inalienable rights, the statement concluded.

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