Cyprus: Proposal to the United Nations to establish an effective commission of inquiry to investigate “disappearances”, “missing” persons and deliberate and arbitrary killings in Cyprus

Index Number: EUR 17/001/1996

In October 1995 there were reports in the Cyprus media that some of the Greek Cypriots listed as missing since 1974 had died in action. In March 1996 the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, admitted that some captured Greek Cypriots had been killed. In the light of this new information and the failure of the Committee on Missing Persons to resolve these cases, Amnesty International is calling on the UN to establish a new international commission of inquiry. This body would satisfy the strict international standards for such investigations, with adequate resources and powers to conduct a thorough and impartial inquiry into all cases of “disappearance” and deliberate and arbitrary killings arising out of the events of 1963-64 and 1974.

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