Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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10 May 2008
‘Missing’ Cypriot identified; family takes Turkey to Human Rights Court
The action by a Greek Cypriot family to take the matter of the death by Turkey of their husband and father to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), is endorsed by Lobby of Cyprus, said its spokesman, Theo Theodorou.

The action by a Greek Cypriot family to take the matter of the death by Turkey of their husband and father to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), is endorsed by Lobby of Cyprus, said its spokesman, Theo Theodorou.

“This action by the family of Stelios Savvides Charalambous is extremely important,” Theodorou said, “because it highlights a neglected crime perpetrated by Turkey during its invasion of 1974 and for which Turkey has not been 
made accountable.”

He was referring to the fact that more than 1,500 Greek Cypriots were taken prisoner by the Turkish army and were listed as missing and Turkey has consistently failed to account for them.

The remains of Stelios Savvides Charalambous were exhumed and eventually identified, in 2006, and the case before the ECHR is for violating his human rights. “The action was taken after the results of a DNA test confirmed the identification, and the post mortem showed that Mr Charalambous was shot in the head and had been tortured,” said Chris Triantafyllides, the lawyer handling the case for the family.

This is the second such application against Ankara, filed by the family of a Greek Cypriot who was included in the long list of persons missing since the invasion. The first case was filed by Demetris Koutras’ family in 2007. Mr Koutras was shot twice in the head.

Neither victim was a combatant, Theodorou stated.

“As a result of the invasion and the continued illegal occupation of more than a third of the island of Cyprus, 200,000 Greek Cypriots were forced to flee their homes in the north,” Theodorou explained, “but the matter of the missing tended to be overlooked by the world.” 

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation dedicated to the reunification of the island of Cyprus through the removal of the 43,000 man Turkish army, the repatriation of the 163,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the north to change its demographics, contrary to all international laws, and the return of all refugees to their homes.