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NICOSIA, Jan 10, 2008 (AFP) - The Cyprus government welcomed a European Court of Human Rights ruling on Thursday that found Turkey guilty of failing to probe the fate of nine Greek Cypriot missing persons.

'The decision of the ECHR is a positive development and the government expresses its satisfaction, especially on a humanitarian issue as sensitive and tragic as this one,' government spokesman Vasilis Palmas told reporters.

23 January 2008

Case of Varnava and others v/Turkey (ECHR)

Written Declaration No 406

This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it

      On 10 January 2007, the European Court of Human Rights, in its judgment in the above-mentioned case, found Turkey guilty of violating the rights of nine Greek-Cypriot missing persons and their relatives and held Turkey responsible for violation of Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights:

-       Article 2: failing to investigate effectively the whereabouts and fate of the nine applicants;

-       Article 3: subjecting relatives of the missing persons to inhuman and degrading treatment by not informing them about the fate of their loved ones;

-       Article 5: depriving the missing persons of their liberty and security at the time of disappearance.

París. (EFE).- El Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos condenó hoy a Turquía por la desaparición en 1974 de nueve greco-chipriotas en Chipre, de los que se tiene diferentes indicios de que fueron detenidos por las fuerzas turcas en operaciones militares durante los meses de julio y agosto de ese año.

El Tribunal consideró que la ausencia de una investigación efectiva y la falta de información a los familiares de esos desaparecidos ha constituido todo este tiempo una vulneración de los derechos de esas familias, por lo que condenó también a Turquía por esa cuestión.

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