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Media Watch 2005

25 March 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 25 March 2005.
Human Rights, Annan, Cyprus and the Turks
"What is even more incredible, however, about this whole sorry mess is that Annan also ignores his own advice to the UN to make human rights defence more effective and credible by including a special provision in his Cyprus... plan that specifically rules out the right of the Greek Cypriot refugees to apply to the Human Rights Court for the restitution of their rights!"

THE importance of respect for human rights on a global scale was stressed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan this week as one of the main issues that need to be tackled by the world body.

In his report for the renewal at the United Nations Annan declared that, "you can be truly free only if you are secure from war and violence, and if your fundamental rights and dignity are upheld by law. Human rights, development and security are mutually interdependent, and taken together they add up to larger freedom."

He then urged UN member states "to make international machinery for defending human rights more effective and credible."

What lovely words!

But how tragically hollow coming from the man who, more than anybody else, should be steadfast and unwavering in upholding respect for human rights, dignity and the law, insists instead on the imposition of his reunification plan for Cyprus that grossly violates these three basic precepts.

Indeed, how can Annan, who wants the UN "to make international machinery for defending human rights more effective and credible,'' ignore the judgements of the Human Rights Court of the Council of Europe in his Cyprus reunification report?

The Court found Turkey guilty of violating the human rights of the ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriot refugees, and, what is more, demanded the full restitution of these rights.

Instead of living up to his words and his appeal to the UN, "to make international machinery for defending human rights more effective and credible,'' Annan tosses these judgements of the Human Rights Court into the waste paper basket. He chose instead to back the illegal Turkish demands that in some cases totally reject, and in others restrict, the refugees' right for full restitution of their rights, that is their return to their homes and the full restitution of their usurped properties.

What is even more incredible, however, about this whole sorry mess is that Annan also ignores his own advice to the UN to make human rights defence more effective and credible by including a special provision in his Cyprus reunification plan that specifically rules out the right of the Greek Cypriot refugees to apply to the Human Rights Court for the restitution of their rights!

Sounds unbelievable, but it is true!"