Non-executiOn of ECHR rulings a bitter experience for Cyprus as Ankara refuses to comply with them, FM says

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said that Cyprus has unfortunately long and bitter experience due to the non-execution of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings, as the authorities in Ankara persistently refuse to comply and execute decisions against Turkey concerning both massive and individual human rights violations, which the Court has found that they have taken place and continue until today, as a result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the ongoing occupation of the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus.

These rulings concern landmark cases, as the four inter-state applications of Cyprus against Turkey, the cases of Loizidou and Xenides-Aresti vs Turkey as well as many other cases and more recently that of Guzelyurtlu, Christodoulides noted, addressing an event organized by the School of Law of the European University Cyprus on the challenges which the ECHR faces and its contribution to the European legal order.

In his address that was read out at the event, the Foreign Minister reassured of the Republic of Cyprus’ and its authorities’ commitment to the unwavering support of the Court, through the strict application of its decisions and not only so that the ECHR will continue to effectively play its role as the guardian of the European Convention on Human Rights and remain the major player for the protection, dissemination and continuous renewal of the pan-European principles of freedom, human dignity, equality, democracy and the rule of law.

The Minister underlined, that the role of the ECHR as a genuine and steadfast advocate and guardian of the European principles and values is in no doubt decisive, maybe more decisive than ever before. He noted that the greatest achievement of this great and inspired project has been the pan-European consolidation of the human rights protection through the establishment of the individual right of every European citizen to apply to the Court.

The Foreign Minister said that there are challenges and issues related to the ECHR’s operation that need to be addressed, noting that inevitably the Court has to a great extent become a victim of its own success.

He noted that during the 60 years of its operation the Court has examined and dealt with 840,000 individual applications � of which 1150 concern the Republic of Cyprus � and has issued more than 21,000 judicial decisions.

Currently approximately 60,000 other applications are still pending and this number would be bigger without the amendments of the last 20 years and the adoption, among others, of Protocols 11 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, he noted.

Source: Cyprus News Agency