Review of Turkey’s compliance with property-related Court judgments underway in Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe embarks today on a three-day review regarding the implementation of European Court judgments, among other rulings, in the case of Turkish-occupied properties in Cyprus.

In particular, the 47 Ministers’ Deputies will review in Strasbourg the property rights of displaced persons, a cluster of the Cyprus v. Turkey judgement, as well as the general and individual measures in the Xenides-Arestis group of cases, again concerning properties. The meeting is expected to conclude on December 7.

In total, the Committee of Ministers will review cases concerning 17 countries, including Armenia,, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Russia and FYROM.

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 of Human Rights in Strasbourg to Cypriot applicants, for a number of violations committed in Cyprus during and after the 1974 Turkish invasion, that led to the islands division.

Moreover, with its 2001 judgement the Court found that there had been 14 violations of the Convention, inter-alia regarding Greek-Cypriot missing persons and their relatives, the home and property of displaced persons and the living conditions of Greek Cypriots in Karpas region. In a relevant decision, in May 2014, the Court ordered Turkey to pay Euros 90 mln in damages to enclaved Greek Cypriots and relatives of missing persons.

The representatives of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe examine the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, in accordance with the supervisory role of the Committee of Ministers, under Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Source: Cyprus News Agency