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, March 8, 2013
The CYPRUS dispute 3
The CYPRUS dispute: Constant Violation of Human rights (Part 3)
As mentioned in my previous two articles Turkey committed
many Human rights violations. The mass rapes, the displacement of Cypriots and
the deprivation of their possessions were only few of them. In every step the they
made a new human violation was happening. Three more serious human violations
will be discussed briefly in this article.
To start with an amount of 2,000 Greek Cypriots, are still
missing. Most of them were last seen alive in the occupied area of Cyprus after
hostilities had stopped and under arrest by the Turkish. Some of them had been
seen in custody prisons in Turkey and in Cyprus. Due to the obvious guilt of
the Turkish government, humanitarian organizations were never allowed (by
Turkey) to investigate this issue. Turkey was always negative about the
investigations and never co-operate. The European Convention of human rights
clearly states: 'Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No
one shall be deprived of his liberty...’. Turkey never respected that.
Additionally The Turkish Army closed the separation line
running across the island and known as the green line in Nicosia (separates the
free from the occupied area). They prevented roughly 190,000 displaced Greek Cypriots
from returning to their homes. Even the
8,000 Greek Cypriots who remained in the occupied area in 1976 (mainly in
Karpasia) had to face very harsh conditions. Many of them about 7,000 were
forced to sign applications to leave after suffering violence, threats, looting,
forced labor, refusal of medical facilities and denial of secondary education.
Most of the violence and harassment was affected through Anatolian settlers. The
Greek Cypriots who remained in the occupied area were separated from their children.
In the chase of an adequate education, children had to be educated in the free
area and were not permitted by Turkey to return. The following human right: 'Everyone
has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his
correspondence’ was clearly violated.
Finally, every human violation Turkey committed had more general
reasoning. The genocide of the Greek Cypriot community. Turkey intended to destroy
the Greek Cypriots as an ethnic and religious group, and enforce its illegal
occupation. Unfortunately no international judicial organization is available
to blame Turkey as it has not recognized yet the jurisdiction of the
International Court of Justice.