The TRNC Consumers’ Association has urged Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman to see that the Beaches Use and Supervision Act is implemented. The act says that the public has a right to free and unfettered access to all beaches.
President of the association, Hasan Yilmaz Işık, in his written statement that people were still being prevented from accessing the beaches by local “beach operators”.
Işık pointed out that twice, the Ombudsman had warned the President, the Prime Ministry, the Ministry of the Interior and local authorities about the implementation of the Law on the Use and Control of Beaches.
In April, Kyrenia District Court confirmed that the public have a constitutional right to access beaches free of charge.
Legal action was taken by activist Nazen Şansal of the Baraka Cultural Centre and member of the Independence Path Yusuf Özgü Sertel on behalf of eight campaigners who were refused free access to the Cratos Hotel’s beach in Çatalköy in July 2015.
The court ruling follows legal challenges made by lawyers, Özgü Özkül Özyiğit and Ahmet Said Sayın in 2014, regarding refusal of free entry to Escape, Kervanseray and Denizkizi beaches.
The Kyrenia Court confirmed that the public had the right to access the beaches free of charge unless use was made of private services and facilities.
Kibris News Agency, LGC News