CoE calls on Turkey to provide info on 1996 buffer zone deaths

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has called on Turkey to provide by year’s end additional information on a number of issues concerning the deaths of four Greek Cypriots during disturbances occurring in the UN buffer zone in 1996.

The Committee recalled that these cases concern four killings and one life-threatening injury of Greek Cypriots in 1996, three of which took place during demonstrations in or around the United Nations buffer zone in Cyprus, due to excessive use of force or firearms by Turkish or Turkish Cypriot military or “police forces” and lack of effective and impartial investigations. It also recalled that the killing of the applicants’ relative in the Isaak case involved private individuals.

The Committee urged Turkish authorities to indicate the concrete factual and legal reasons for the conclusion that officers and private persons acted lawfully, as well as to provide translations of relevant decisions and materials necessary for understanding these decisions from the 1996 investigations and the 2011 review.

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