Turkey under scrutiny in Cyprus-related cases

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe concludes on Wednesday a two-day review regarding the execution of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments, including those pertaining to Turkish-occupied property cases and missing persons in Cyprus.

In particular, the Ministers’ Deputies discuss in Strasbourg Ankara’s progress in relation to the implementation of the decisions in the Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey group of cases on properties and the Varnava v. Turkey cases on missing persons.

In a letter to the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers last week, human rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades refers to the cases he represented in Xenides-Arestis, asking for a realistic time frame for their execution, after judgments become final more than 10 years ago.

He also calls on the Committee of Ministers to declare that Turkey has seriously violated Article 3 of the Statute of the Council of Europe.

In a separate letter, Demetriades refers to the cases he represented in Varnava and others, noting that final judgments were secured more than 8 years ago for violations that continue for the past 43 years.

I presume this to be an appropriate time for the Committee of Ministers to impose on the Respondent, the time frame requested the lawyer concludes.

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 ECHR in Strasbourg to Cypriot applicants, for a number of violations committed in Cyprus during and after the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency