AA calls for justice on Cypriot Missing

Ayios Amvrosios calls on the international community to put pressure on Turkey to comply with the relevant articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular article 2 and conduct an effective investigation into the whereabouts and fate of all missing people including the 12 young men of Ayios Amvrosios.

European Court of Human Rights On 10 January 2007, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Varnavas and eight Other missing persons Vs Turkey, found Turkey guilty of violating the rights of these Greek-Cypriot missing persons and their relatives.  They were all seen alive after their capture by the Turkish army in Cyprus and in Turkey where they had been transported as prisoners of war.

Denktash admits Turkish crimes. February 1996 Denktash admits the atrocities committed against Greek Cypriot prisoners of war and civilians by the Turkish army and Turkish Cypriot paramilitaries.

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE (September 1984). The conclusion of Document 5273, says:

SECTION 88. “Enforced disappearance is one of the most serious violations of the human rights safeguarded by international instruments: in infringes virtually all the victims’ personal rights of their families.

The violations are also contrary to the 1949 Geneva conventions and cannot be justified by special circumstances whether armed conflict, state of emergency or internal unrest or tension. The breach is so serious that it should elicit the most international sanctions”.


Section 351 (adopted 10 July 1976) “….the Commission considers that there is a presumption of Turkish responsibility for the fate of persons shown to have been in Turkish custody….”

Despite the overwhelming evidence and legal opinions finding Turkey guilty for the disappearance of Greek Cypriot prisoners of war and innocent civilians, the international Human Right organisations and bodies such as the United Nations and EU, have failed to put pressure on Turkey to reveal the fate and whereabouts of our missing and bring this human tragedy to an end.

We will never give up our efforts to find the truth and justice for the our Missing persons and for the respect of the human rights of their relatives.