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 8, 2013
The CYPRUS dispute
The CYPRUS dispute: Constant Violation of Human rights (Part 1)
Human rights are almost a form of
religion in today's world. This is a measurement of how good, joyful the life
of a person is. Human rights are considered by many people as a standard thing.
However most of these people, do not know that, for these rights to exist some
people had to fight and eventually sacrifice their life. Unfortunately, many
countries around the world are still fighting for these rights. One of these
countries is CYPRUS (my home country).
Cyprus is an island located in the eastern
part of the Mediterranean in sea (currently part of the European Union). It was
always a country wanted by many conquerors due to its very convenient
geographic location( in the center of three continents: Asia, Africa and
Europe) and its natural wealth(cooper centuries ago, and currently oil and
CYPRUS:In the middle of 3 continents
Being conquered by my many nations. Cypriots had to always go through the violation of their humans rights. Most
recent event was the Turkish Invasion in 1974.The effects of the invasion have
not disappeared though the time, but most of them are still here, violating the
human rights of the people of Cyprus even in 2013.
Many Human Rights have been
violated with all the means possible. Some of these include, mass cold-blooded
murders, disappearing of people (1619 person are still missing), repeated
rapes, eviction and displacement (by force) of the Cypriots from their homes-land,
looting of different premises, separation of families and many more.
Displacements of Cypriots
(Refugees) were one of the most important violations. It is clearly stated in
the European Convention of Human rights that ‘everyone has the right to respect
for his private and family life/and his home...'. The Turkish Army displaced 200
000(1/3 of the population) Greek Cypriots form their lands-homes. That was
accomplished mainly by physical expulsion and systematic campaign of terror.
Cypriots in order to save their families had to abandon their homes and avoid
the advancing Turkish armed forces. These refugees were never allowed to go
back to their homes therefore they had to rebuild their lives in other Cypriot
Today, almost 40 years after the
invasion nothing really changed. The Turkish government controls the occupied
land and no Cypriots are allowed to go back to their homes. Many steps have
been taken through the government (politicians) and other non-governmental
organizations (fighting against the violation of human rights) but nothing
seems to affect Turkey. Many Cypriot politicians sacrificed many years fighting
for this cause. Most of these fights had no result.
Classes carried out
inside refugee camps tents
The voice of the people of Cyprus
must be heard. It is unthinkable, that after 40 years and so many tries this
issue is unsolved. The people who used to have "everything" in 1974 they were
left with nothing, and nobody cares.