House President: We deplore the violations of human rights

The House of Representatives deplores the violations of human rights, wherever they are taking place, especially in Cyprus by Turkey, and declares its determination to defend the rights of the people of Cyprus, President of the House Demetris Syllouris has said.

Referring to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, during a House plenary session on Friday, Syllouris said that the day after tomorrow we honour the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, after the end of World War II.

He added that the compilation and adoption of this ecumenical document constitutes a landmark in the history of mankind, as it served as the basis for many international and European treaties and exerted significant influence on national constitutions and court rulings.

Nevertheless, till this day violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms continue to be recorded: illegal prosecutions and arrests, torture, human trafficking, racial or religious discrimination, the uprooting of thousands of people from their homes, he noted.

Syllouris pointed out that the greatest example of blatant violation of human rights is our own homeland, with the violent displacement of hundreds of thousands of Cypriots by the Turkish invaders, the continuing settlement of our occupied areas, and the merciless destruction of our cultural heritage.

We at the House of Representatives deplore the violations of human rights, wherever they are taking place. We especially deplore their violation in our own country by Turkey and declare our determination to defend the rights of our people, Syllouris concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Some 40,000 Turkish troops continue to be in the island’s northern areas, refusing to comply with numerous UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal. UN-led peace talks have so far failed to lead to a negotiated settlement to reunite the country under a federal roof, due to unacceptable demands raised by the Turkish side.

Source: Cyprus News Agency