EMBARGOED! Gets the ear of 55 countries

Untitled-1Today Embargoed! achieved an astonishing feat. For the third year running our human rights group have been able to attend and present a violation case study outlining clear evidence of human rights breaches against Turkish Cypriots. This has been done at the largest human rights convention held anywhere in the European continent.

Our man in Warsaw was Ergin Balli. By all accounts Ergin gave a very forceful presentation and of the 25 presentations made on the first day the Embargoed! contribution caught the attention of both the American and Turkish diplomats who came over to compliment our group on an excellently worded speech.

It was interesting that the Republic of Cyprus delegate did not exercise their right of reply. This normally suggests they are ‘banged to rights’!

The Embargoed! contribution focused on the failure of the Greek Cypriot judicial system to allow Turkish Cypriots the right to a FAIR TRIAL. The case study focused on the fact that the 1960 constitution of the Republic of Cyprus treats both sets of Cypriot [Greek and Turkish] as completely equal. In recognition of this constitutional fact both Greek and Turkish were recognised as official languages of the island. However, in this day and age, when there are more and more cases coming to the fore based on existing property disputes, Turkish Cypriots are faced with the most inequitable situation having to use a court process in a language that the vast majority of them do not understand. As a consequence their cases are being delayed, or even worse lost. Can you imagine an English person having to contest a legal case where all proceedings were going to be in German or French? We would not stand for it – so why is this system allowed to continue to disadvantage Turkish Cypriots?? The value of what has happened today cannot be underlined enough. How often is that our own Turkish Cypriot politicians get an opportunity to present a grievance on such a massive international stage with diplomats from 55 countries listening to your every word? Ask yourself that question.

Next week Embargoed! will be presenting to the diplomats again. This time on the issue of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. You can rest assured we will be banging our fists on the table demanding that OSCE do something about these ongoing human rights violations.

Subject: EMBARGOED! GETS THE EAR OF 55 COUNTRIES

Today Embargoed! achieved an astonishing feat. For the third year running our human rights group have been able to attend and present a violation case study outlining clear evidence of human rights breaches against Turkish Cypriots. This has been done at the largest human rights convention held anywhere in the European continent.

Our man in Warsaw was Ergin Balli. By all accounts Ergin gave a very forceful presentation and of the 25 presentations made on the first day the Embargoed! contribution caught the attention of both the American and Turkish diplomats who came over to compliment our group on an excellently worded speech.

It was interesting that the Republic of Cyprus delegate did not exercise their right of reply. This normally suggests they are ‘banged to rights’! 

The Embargoed! contribution focused on the failure of the Greek Cypriot judicial system to allow Turkish Cypriots the right to a FAIR TRIAL. The case study focused on the fact that the 1960 constitution of the Republic of Cyprus treats both sets of Cypriot [Greek and Turkish] as completely equal. In recognition of this constitutional fact both Greek and Turkish were recognised as official languages of the island. However, in this day and age, when there are more and more cases coming to the fore based on existing property disputes, Turkish Cypriots are faced with the most inequitable situation having to use a court process in a language that the vast majority of them do not understand. As a consequence their cases are being delayed, or even worse lost. Can you imagine an English person having to contest a legal case where all proceedings were going to be in German or French? We would not stand for it – so why is this system allowed to continue to disadvantage Turkish Cypriots?? The value of what has happened today cannot be underlined enough. How often is that our own Turkish Cypriot politicians get an opportunity to present a grievance on such a massive international stage with diplomats from 55 countries listening to your every word? Ask yourself that question.

Next week Embargoed! will be presenting to the diplomats again. This time on the issue of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. You can rest assured we will be banging our fists on the table demanding that OSCE do something about these ongoing human rights violations.

Fevzi Hussein
Subject: EMBARGOED! GETS THE EAR OF 55 COUNTRIES

Today Embargoed! achieved an astonishing feat. For the third year running our human rights group have been able to attend and present a violation case study outlining clear evidence of human rights breaches against Turkish Cypriots. This has been done at the largest human rights convention held anywhere in the European continent.

Our man in Warsaw was Ergin Balli. By all accounts Ergin gave a very forceful presentation and of the 25 presentations made on the first day the Embargoed! contribution caught the attention of both the American and Turkish diplomats who came over to compliment our group on an excellently worded speech.

It was interesting that the Republic of Cyprus delegate did not exercise their right of reply. This normally suggests they are ‘banged to rights’! 

The Embargoed! contribution focused on the failure of the Greek Cypriot judicial system to allow Turkish Cypriots the right to a FAIR TRIAL. The case study focused on the fact that the 1960 constitution of the Republic of Cyprus treats both sets of Cypriot [Greek and Turkish] as completely equal. In recognition of this constitutional fact both Greek and Turkish were recognised as official languages of the island. However, in this day and age, when there are more and more cases coming to the fore based on existing property disputes, Turkish Cypriots are faced with the most inequitable situation having to use a court process in a language that the vast majority of them do not understand. As a consequence their cases are being delayed, or even worse lost. Can you imagine an English person having to contest a legal case where all proceedings were going to be in German or French? We would not stand for it – so why is this system allowed to continue to disadvantage Turkish Cypriots?? The value of what has happened today cannot be underlined enough. How often is that our own Turkish Cypriot politicians get an opportunity to present a grievance on such a massive international stage with diplomats from 55 countries listening to your every word? Ask yourself that question.

Next week Embargoed! will be presenting to the diplomats again. This time on the issue of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. You can rest assured we will be banging our fists on the table demanding that OSCE do something about these ongoing human rights violations.

Fevzi Hussein
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