Progress in Cyprus-related judgments to be reviewed anew in Strasbourg

The Permanent Representatives of the Council of Europe’s member states meet later in September anew to discuss, among others, progress on the part of Turkey in implementing court rulings regarding properties in Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus and missing persons.

This is the first meeting of the Committee of Ministers for the supervision of execution of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments, that takes places after the latest attempt to reach a Cyprus settlement at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. The Conference on Cyprus ended inconclusively in the early hours of July 7, 2017.

In a letter to the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, dated September 5, 2017, human rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades conveys the wish on the part of applicants he represents, to set a binding time frame for the execution of the judgements.

These cases were filed nearly 27 years ago, final judgements were secured more than 10 years ago and relate to continuing violations for the last 43 years the lawyer notes.

Demetriades adds that if the timeframe is not followed, applicants repeat their request to the Committee of Minsters, during its meeting between September 19-21, 2017, to declare that Tukey has seriously violated Article 3 of the Statute of the Council of Europe.

At the previous meeting for the supervision of the execution of European Court judgments, last June in Strasbourg, Permanent Representatives found that there has been no progress by Turkey in a number of Cyprus-related cases. The Committee of Ministers reviewed, among other issues, the execution of judgements in the Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey group of cases on properties and the Varnava v. Turkey cases on missing persons.

Back then, in two separate decisions, the Ministers’ Deputies insisted on their call on Turkey to abide by its unconditional obligation to pay the just satisfaction awarded by the European Court in both cases without further delay.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency