This is the class blog for Eng 1102 at GA Tech called "Fiction, Human Rights, and Social Responsibility." The purpose of this blog is to extend our discussion beyond the classroom and to become aware of human rights issues that exist in the world today and how technology has played a role in either solving or aggravating them. Blogs will be a paragraph long (250 words) and students will contribute once every three weeks according to class number. Entries must be posted by Friday midnight.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The CYPRUS dispute 2
The CYPRUS dispute: Constant Violation of Human rights (Part 2)
The human rights violations kept happening. The Turkish army
was there to stay. As mentioned in my previous post, the Turkish troops violated
many of the Cypriots’ human rights, including the illegal occupation of land
and the displacement of many Cypriots from their properties.
Turkish Invation Plan 1974
The Turks did not care at all. Their occupation plan
started from the small town of Keryneia and expanded to the whole northeastern part
of Cyprus. During their territorial expansion they committed many more human
The rapes were one of their most brutal violations. The Turkish
troops were responsible for raping women of all ages (Children of 12 years old
to 71 years old elderly women). Many of their victims suffered haemorrages,
many became mentally devastated and others were killed. In some of the occupied
areas enforced prostitution was practiced. All women and girls of a village
were collected and put in special rooms where they were raped. They Turkish troops
were so inhumane, that they did not even hesitate at all. Victims included
pregnant and mentally ill women sometimes in front of their children and even
in Public places.
Turkish soldiers advance during fighting that followed the July 20, 1974
The rapes were not even the worst part of these women’s
suffering. Many of the rapes were followed by brutalities like violent biting,
severe wounding, banging their heads on the floor or even wringing their throats
to almost the point of suffocation. Some of the victims were severely injured
and some others were killed.
All the rapes, killings and tortures were clearly a human
right violation. In the corresponding article of the European Convention of
human rights is stated that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman
or degrading treatment. Even though there are many proofs, the Turks refused
that they committed these crimes.
Turkey was found guilty. Proof showed that the Turkish government
knew about the rapes and did nothing to prevent them. The European commission voted
in favor of Cyprus and Turkey was found responsible for the obvious violation of
human rights. Although Turkey never responded to the decision and it constantly
refuses and boycotts any European Commission’s decision about the human rights
violation in Cyprus.
Many women suffered from the cruelty of the Turkish troops,
and many of them are still suffering. It is unthinkable that Turkey is getting
away with such an enormous crime. No government cares about that, nor willing
to help Cyprus get legal compensations. Justice must be served so that these
women can finally live peacefully the rest of their lives.