Greek Cypriot refugee asks Council of Europe to warn Turkey with expulsion over ECHR judgments

A Greek Cypriot refugee asks the Council of Europe to issue a final warning to Turkey, in order to execute European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments or else warn the country even with expulsion from the human rights organization.

In a letter to the Committee of Ministers, due to meet between December 4-6, in Strasbourg, to review the execution of Court judgments, professor Andreas Orphanides � an applicant in the Xenides-Arestis group of cases who successfully claimed compensation for the violation of his property rights back in 2010 but has not received the money yet � asks the body to go beyond literary decisions and take practical measures to enforce judgments.

Professor Orphanides suggests that the Committee of Ministers issues a final warning, noting that failure to do so would indicate that Turkey continuously breaches and does not fully implement the European Convention on Human Rights, and consequently does not meet anymore the Copenhagen eligibility criteria to be candidate to the EU.

Moreover, he suggests the body to indicate that there is ground for a process for expulsion of Turkey form the Council of Europe due to violating its statutes.

He also reiterates his past suggestion to confiscate holdings of Turkey in France or another European country, to pay for damages awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. So far, Ankara has not paid damages relating to certain cases concerning missing persons and property claims, awarded by the European Court in Strasbourg to Cypriot applicants, for a number of violations committed in Cyprus during and after the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency