When asked to pinpoint when he became politicised Nelson Mandela said that he had “no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments which produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.
There was no particular day on which I said I will fight for the liberation of my people; instead I found myself doing so and could not do otherwise.” These words resonate with us all at Lobby and we share the same feelings that Mandela has expressed. We have been deprived of our human rights in Cyprus for 33 years in brazen contravention of all international conventions on the protection of human rights. We are denied the right to freedom of movement and the right to own property in our own island in obvious disregard of European Union law. Many families continue to face the tragedy of still not knowing the fate of their loved ones. To add insult to injury our places of worship are desecrated and vandalised and our properties redeveloped and advertised for sale here in the UK. Some may feel powerless to fight this but if we all join together we can make a difference. Lobby for Cyprus is the voice of the Greek Cypriot refugees in the UK. We will not compromise our principles, which are the reunification of Cyprus on the basis of the 3Rs: Removal of all Turkish troops, Repatriation of all Turkish colonists, Return of all refugees to their homes. If you support these objectives please help us make a difference.