[Your name and address]
Dear [name of MEP]
RE: Greek Cypriot missing persons
Accounting for the fate of those missing since its illegal invasion of Cyprus in 1974 should be one of the long list of obligations that Turkey has in its aim for membership of the European Union.
Over fourteen hundred people are still missing. Many were soldiers who were taken alive as undeclared prisoners of war in areas now under occupation. Also missing are many civilians: men, women and children who were rounded up by the Turkish army from their own homes and villages but never released. Turkey ignores UN, EU and Council of Europe resolutions that call for an end to this humanitarian problem and refuses even to comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and interim resolutions by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
In the Varnava and others v Turkey case of 2008 Turkey was found guilty of violating the European Convention of Human Rights. By failing to conduct an effective investigation into the fate of the applicants who have been missing since 1974 the ECHR held that there had been a continuing violation of their right to life. Turkey was found guilty of subjecting the relatives of the applicants to inhumane and degrading treatment. The Court noted that the missing persons had been seen alive under the detention of the Turkish army in both Cyprus and Turkey after the hostilities of 1974 had ceased and on this basis held that Turkey had violated their right to liberty.
It is incumbent on the European Union to speak up for the human rights violations represented by the capture of the individuals and the obligation of explaining their fate to their families.
It is incredible that Turkey can be considered for membership into the European Union yet continues to defy the EU’s own rules, fails to abide by its obligations to the EU and persists in failing to account for over one thousand missing Cypriots.
Turkey cannot be permitted to pick and choose which EU rules and regulations it wishes to observe, and it cannot be permitted to ignore the demands for an explanation about the missing Cypriots.
We ask that the fate of the missing be among the factors that the European Union considers in its deliberations concerning Turkey’s suitability for membership in the EU.
I look forward to your response.