Court makes €90 million award against Turkey for Cyprus human rights violations

Human rights judges have declared that Turkey should pay Cyprus 90,000,000 euros (EUR) as a result of human rights violations.

In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey (application no. 25781/94), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that Turkey was to pay Cyprus 30,000,000 euros (EUR) in respect of the non-pecuniary damage suffered by the relatives of missing persons and EUR 60,000,000 in respect of the non-pecuniary damage suffered by the enclaved Greek-Cypriot residents of the Karpas peninsula.

These amounts are to be distributed by the Cypriot Government to the individual victims under the supervision of the Committee of Ministers.

The case concerned the situation in northern Cyprus since Turkey carried out military operations there in July and August 1974, and the continuing division of the territory of Cyprus since that time.

The court held, by a majority, that the passage of time since the delivery of the principal judgment on 10 May 2001 did not preclude it from examining the Cypriot Government’s just satisfaction claims (Article 41 – just satisfaction).

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