Personal accounts by refugees
Life in Cyprus before, during and after the Turkish invasion of 1974.
The right to vote in a Cyprus referendum in the diaspora
by Dr Theodora Christou
In the summer of 1974 Turkey invaded and ethnically cleansed the northern areas of Cyprus in violation of international law and ethical principles of civilised conduct.
To mark 40 years since the Turkish invasion and continued unlawful occupation of one third of the Republic of Cyprus, Lobby for Cyprus is focussing on those often overlooked during political negotiations: the refugees.
Our guest speakers will tell their personal stories of life as refugees. Hear first hand their memories of life in their towns and villages, the crimes committed by invading Turkish forces and the 40-year-old dream of returning to their lands free from occupation.
These personal stories will illustrate the importance of continuing the fight for justice, to end Turkey’s impunity and to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Lobby for Cyprus is taking the first steps in empowering refugees and victims of Turkey. Our right to vote campaign seeks to guarantee the right of all victims of the invasion and occupation to participate in any future referendum on a settlement
that seeks to settle the Cyprus issue.
The seminar is part of Cyprus Week at Theatro Technis, which marks 40 years since the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Admission to the seminar is free.