|Poster in the European Parliament regarding the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus|
I took these snaps (above and below) of a couple of wall hangings which refer to the brutal and illegal occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkish invaders which occured in 1974 and continues to this day.
I have a great deal of sympathy for the people of Cyprus and I would recommend the website of the Lobby for Cyprus for anyone who wants to find out more about this important issue.
Here is a bit of background on the invasion taken from this site:
The northern area of Cyprus is currently under illegal occupation since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
On 15 July 1974 the military junta then ruling Greece carried out a short-lived coup to overthrow the democratically elected government of Cyprus. On 20 July 1974, Turkey, using the coup as a pretext, launched a massive military invasion, purportedly to restore constitutional order. Despite the collapse of the coup, restoration of the legitimate government of Cyprus, and a ceasefire agreement, Turkey launched a second invasion on 14 August 1974. Turkey seized 36.2 percent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus and it maintains an illegal military occupation in the northern areas of the island to this day.
In its invasions, Turkey conducted mass systematic human rights abuses against the Greek Cypriots, ethnically cleansing them from their ancestral lands.
Human rights violations have been and continue to be directed against Greek Cypriots because of their ethnicity, religion and language. Such discrimination is explicitly prohibited under the European Convention of Human Rights (article 14) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (article 21).
"...The Commission has found…that the acts violating the Convention were exclusively directed against members of…the Greek Cypriot community…Turkey has failed to secure the rights and freedoms set forth in these articles without discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, race and religion as required by article 14 of the Convention..."
Council of Europe, European Commission of Human Rights, Application Nos. 6780/74 and 6950/75, Cyprus v. Turkey
For a wealth of further information on this issue the Action Cyprus is also worth a look.