North Cyprus Property Victims | “the continued court appearances of the victims is a form of torture”

Man’s inhumanity to man, never ceases to amaze. That at the beginning of the 21st century such acts as torture are still taking place has to be a anathema to all right thinking people. Torture of the innocent is even more unthinkable. Yet here we read of a Turkish National being tortured so badly in our beloved TRNC as to need hospital treatment in Intensive care. The act is compounded by two factors

1) he was FALSELY accused of sexually abusing a child. Emotive though the subject is, torturing a suspect to obtain a confession is a crime and 2) allegedly, the torture committed by those charged with upholding the law are the Police. A confession obtained through torture, should not be admissable in a Court of Law, simply because ‘who amongst us would not say ANYTHING to make the pain go away’.

The Geneva Conventions describes torture: ‘torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him/her or a third person information or a confession.’ Clearly torture is a crime against humanity. A gross violation of the victim’s Human Rights.

I do not believe torture is endemic in the TRNC, but for it to happen, even once, is one time too many.

I do believe however, that the lack of resolution of the Property Problems here in the TRNC and the need for the continued court appearances of the victims is a form of torture, though not physical. You only have to look into the faces of the victims, many old and infirm to see the toll this mental torture is taking on them.

Never give in, never give up.

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