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Refugees Win Human Rights Cases v. Turkey

echrThe European Court of Human Rights has awarded damages ranging between 10,000 euro and 400,000 euro in nine cases brought against Turkey by Greek-Cypriot refugees.

The cases, Economou v. Turkey, Evagorou Christou v. Turkey, Gavriel v. Turkey, Ioannou v. Turkey, Kyriacou v. Turkey, Michael v. Turkey, Nicolaides v. Turkey, Orphanides v. Turkey, and Sophia Andreou v. Turkey, were brought against Turkey on the grounds that the plaintiffs did not have access to their property in the Turkish-occupied north.

The court also held that Turkey has violated Article 8 of the human rights charter, the right to respect for private and family life.

Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and has illegally occupied the island ever since. An estimated 200,000 Greek-and-Turkish-Cypriots were displaced during the conflict, losing their homes and access to their property.

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