Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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15 July 2007
1974-2007 Thirty-three years of Turkish occupation
20 July and 14 August mark commemorations of the brutal Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974...

20 July and 14 August mark commemorations of the brutal Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. In Cyprus, the Turkish army committed war crimes of:

MASS MURDER
6,000 Greek Cypriots were massacred, many of them tortured to death.

MASS RAPE
1,000 women aged 12 to 78 were raped.

ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES
More than 1,500 missing Greek Cypriots are still unaccounted for. Many were recorded by the Red Cross and filmed by the BBC as prisoners of the Turkish army. They have never been seen again.

ETHNIC CLEANSING
200,000 Greek Cypriots were expelled from their homes at gunpoint from the occupied north of Cyprus. To this day they are prevented from returning to and reclaiming their homes by 43,000 Turkish troops which are enforcing apartheid in Europe.

COLONISATION
Since 1974 Turkey has colonised the occupied north of Cyprus with 162,000 Turkish nationals in order to alter the demographic composition of the island.

CULTURAL DESTRUCTION
Hundreds of Greek Orthodox churches have been destroyed in order to eradicate the culture and history of the Greek Cypriots who are indigenous to the island for thousands of years.

Turkey has been condemned for its crimes in Cyprus by more than 120 United Nations and Security Council resolutions and by the European Court of Human Rights.

We call for a settlement that ensures the reunification of Cyprus and that it is consistent with democratic norms, European Union law and human rights!

We urge you to contact your government representatives in support of our cause!

The 3Rs:
Removal of all Turkish troops
Repatriation of all Turkish colonists
Return of all refugees