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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-01-10

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECHR - MISSING
  • [02] CHURCH - TURKEY
  • [03] PALESTINE - RELATIONS
  • [04] ARTS - AWARDS

  • [01] ECHR - MISSING

    The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of violating the human rights of Greek Cypriots, missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    In its judgment the Court said Turkey is guilt of the continuing violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on account of failure of the authorities of the respondent state (Turkey) to conduct an effective investigation into the whereabouts and fate of the nine first applicants who disappeared in life threatening circumstances.

    The decision, in the case of Varnava and Others v. Turkey, was taken by six votes in favour and one against, that of judge Gonul Basaran Eronen, representing Turkey.

    The Court also announced that there was violation of Article 3 which prohibits inhuman treatment and Article 5 (right to liberty and security).

    The applicants are 18 Cypriot nationals, nine of whom have been considered missing since they were taken into captivity by the Turkish army during military action in Cyprus in 1974. They have not been accounted for since.

    The other nine applicants are the parents or wives of the missing applicants and based their application on Articles 2 (right to life), 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), 4 (prohibition of forced labour), 5 (right to liberty and security), 6 (right to a fair trial), 8 (right to respect for private and family life), 10 (freedom of expression), 12 (right to marry), 13 (right to an effective remedy) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention.

    [02] CHURCH - TURKEY

    The Cyprus Church intends to take Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights for preventing the restoration of looted Orthodox churches in the northern Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus and for its continuing refusal to allow access to the Christian Orthodox pilgrims for worship.

    The Primate of the Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos B, has said that he will raise the issue to the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, during his visit to Cyprus next week and then continue the efforts through the Church of Cyprus office, which will open soon in Brussels.

    The Church will subsequently set up a team of legal experts to help prepare its case before the Court.

    In an interview with the Radio Station of the Church of Greece, the Archbishop noted that there are churches in the occupied areas, which are half destroyed, some have collapsed, others were demolished and most recently a church in the Karpass peninsula was razed to the ground.

    [03] PALESTINE - RELATIONS

    The excellent relations of Cyprus with the Palestinian people were once again reaffirmed during meetings Cyprus Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis has had in Ramala with the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayiad.

    An official press release issued here notes that Abbas made a specific reference to ties between Cyprus and the Palestinian people since the establishment of the Republic in 1960 and even before, adding that the two peoples share the same principles and face similar problems

    [04] ARTS - AWARDS

    Cyprus will honour eight distinguished Cypriots, most of them intellectuals, at a ceremony on February 4, during which President Tassos Papadopoulos will hand over to them the Letters, Arts and Sciences Excellence Awards.

    An official press release issued here said the Letters Excellence Awards will be given to writer and editor Panos Ioannides and poet and writer Kyriakos Charalambides.

    The Arts Excellence Awards will go to musician and choir director Marinos Mitellas, theatre director Nikos Siafkallis and artist Valentinos Charalambous.

    The Sciences Excellence Awards will be given to Professor of Educational Policy Studies Andreas Kazamias, oncologist-radiotherapist Helen Soteriou and Professor of Economics Christoforos Pissarides.


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