Action for Cyprus


 Illegal development of refugees land

Campaign of Protest

The illegal Near East University (YDU) has signed a protocol for cooperation with the Pharmaceutical Faculties of the universities of Strathclyde and Cardiff. This protocol violates Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention since over 90% of the students at the YDU have been transfered to occupied Cyprus from Turkey. The YDU also operates illegaly on Greek Cypriot property. Please protest to the universites of Strathclyde and Cardiff.

 Illegal development of refugees land

Campaign of Action

US based “Hawthorn Suites” a subsidiary of “US Franchise Systems” plans to illegally develop and manage hotels in the occupied Greek Cypriot village of Ayios Amvrosios. Please take action to stop this.

 Illegal training of pilots of illegal airline

Campaign of Action

On 20 September 2006 the German airline Lufthansa signed an agreement on the education of pilots with the illegal so-called "Turkish Cypriot Airlines". Please take action so that this agreement is revoked.

Illegal beech volleyball international

Campaign of Action

A team representing the Netherlands is planning to compete in an illegal beach volleyball competition in occupied Cyprus to celebrate the anniversary of the illegal Turkish invasion. Please take action to stop this.

Promotion of illegal property development by Ch 5

Campaign of Protest

On 13 June 2006 the UK broadcaster Channel Five broadcast a programme promoting the illegal sale and development of stolen Greek Cypriot property in occupied Cyprus. Please take action so that Channel Five is brought to justice.

Exchange program with illegal university

Campaign of Protest

On 8 July 2006, the San Diego State University is planning to participate in an exchange program with the so-called “Eastern Mediterranean University” which operates illegally in occupied Cyprus from land and property belonging to Saveriades K.L.S.L. College in occupied Famagusta. We urge you to write to the president of San Diego State University and urge him to not to proceed with this illegal act.

Illegal travel to occupied Cyprus

Campaign of Protest

On 14 January 2006, the Daily Mirror published an article promoting illegal travel and holidays in occupied Cyprus under the following title “Peace Prize Winner Tranquil North Cyprus Takes Pat Welland's Breath Away...” thereby misrepresenting to the whole world the crimes against humanity and ethnic clearing perpetrated by Turkey against the Greek Cypriots who made up the majority of the population.

Illegal promotion of occupied Cyprus

Campaign of Protest

In November 2005 Transport for London reinstated an advertising campaign on London Buses and in Underground Stations promoting occupied Cyprus. This campaign was banned earlier on in the year for causing offence to Greek Cypriot refugees. The reinstatement of this offensive campaign followed a dubious British High Court judgement overturning the original ban which Transport for London failed to appeal because there was only one complaint. We therefore call upon all concerned citizens to protest this offensive advertising campaign and provide Transport for London with enough complaints to justify a new ban.

Illegal congressional visit to occupied Cyprus

Campaign of Action

On June 1st 2005 members of the US congress including Democrat Congressman from Florida Robert Wexler and Kentucky Democrat Congressman Wayne Edward Whitefield as well as representatives of American businesses plan to visit the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus via the Illegal Airport of Tymbou. This visit is totally illegal and violates US, EU and Cyprus laws. Please write to Congress and demand it be called off.

Illegal exploitation of refugees property in occupied Cyprus

Campaign of Action

On May 4, 2005, it was reported that the Powell Dobson Partnership based in Wales had won an illegal contract from the Turkish occupation regime to design 250 holiday apartments for a new £15m scheme in occupied Cyprus on land and property belonging to Greek Cypriot refugees in the Karpass peninsula without their permission or the permission of the government of the Republic of Cyprus in violation of Cyprus and EU law.

Illegal match in occupied Cyprus

Campaign of Action

On April 7, 2005, HEC became aware that an illegal football match was being arranged between Huddersfield Town and a team of the illegal Cyprus Turkish FA. Prompt action to inform the relevant authorities and Huddersfield Town that they had been mislead and that match’s in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus are illegal resulted in the cancellation of the proposed event. We congratulate Huddersfield Town on their decision to cancel so as not to cause offence.

Illegal travel to occupied Cyprus

Campaign of Action

On March 17, 2005, officers of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) visited Occupied Cyprus via the Illegal airport of Tymbou violating the property rights of 200 Greek Cypriot refugees on whose property the illegal airport is built on, who have pending case in the European Court of Human Rights.

Illegal promotion of holidays in occupied Cyprus

Draft Letter of Protest

On Friday February 18th, 2005 an advert appeared on page 70 of the London Evening Standard promoting illegal holidays in occupied Cyprus and travel to the occupied areas by an illegal port of entry thus violating the laws of the Republic of Cyprus and encouraging its reads to commit a criminal act.

Illegal Trade with Occupation Regime

Campaign of Protest

On February 11th, 2005 it was announced that the trade attaché of the US Embassy in Ankara and 10 American companies are to visit the occupied areas of Cyprus illegally through the illegal occupied Tymbou airport with the aim of facilitating the unrecognised illegal occupation regime through trade which has not been approved by the legal Cyprus government.


This is not only a deliberate violation of the laws of the Republic of Cyprus which apply to all the territory on the island and to all companies operating in the EU but it is also in direct contravention of UN resolutions 541(1983), 550(1984) and US congressional law.

British MEP enters Cyprus Republic illegally

Draft Letter of Protest

On February 4th, 2005 the British Liberal Democrat MEP for London, Baroness Sarah Ludford entered into the Republic of Cyprus illegally through the illegal airport in the occupied village of Tymbou along with leading Liberal Democrat local councillor Meral Ece who is of Turkish-Cypriot background.


Not only is this a deliberate violation of the laws of Cyprus but it is also in direct contravention of UN resolutions and the European Parliament’s code of conduct.

Stop the Annan Plan

In-Depth Analysis of the Annan Plan

Petition to Change the Annan Plan

OXI ! NO to the Annan Plan

In November 2002 the dubious UN Secretary General Kofi Annan proposed a plan to partition Cyprus and create an apartheid state that would legalise the Turkish invasion and ethnic cleansing of Cyprus forever in complete disregard of the principles of the UN Charter over 130 UN resolutions and the European Convention on Human Rights.


Under the Annan Plan none of the over 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees would have been able to return and reclaim their properties which would have been kept by the illegal occupiers including 150,000 illegal Turkish colonists who were transplanted into Cyprus in violation of the Geneva Convention, nor would they have received any compensation. Not one Turkish soldier or Turkish colonist would have forced to leave Cyprus soil while the government of Cyprus would have been effectively handed over to Turkey making Cyprus into a Turkish protectorate.


Not surprisingly the people of Cyprus rejected this unethical plan resoundingly.


Campaign to refute false Turkish claims

The Facts vs. The Claims


On July 20, 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus in violation of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and existing UN Resolutions and seized 5% of Cyprus territory in the Kyrenia district, which was overwhelmingly populated by Greek Cypriots. (See Maps).

Turkey claimed that it invaded Cyprus in-order to protect the Turkish Cypriots yet none had claimed that they were ever in danger and there were very few Turkish Cypriots living in the areas that Turkey seized, which in fact were dominated by Greek Cypriots who Turkey proceeded to ethnically cleanse.

On August 15 1974 Turkey violated a UN cease-fire and proceeded to attack Cyprus and annexed 38% of its territory, occupying it with 40,000 troops, 400 tanks, a division of the Turkish Navy, attack helicopters and other military hardware, which were supported by warplanes based in Turkey.

The invasion and ethnic cleansing of Cyprus was a long stated Turkish aim which had been planned since the 1950's and first attempted in 1964, even though Turkey had officially signed away all claims to Cyprus including the right of intervention in the 1923 Lausanne Treaty. The Green Line splitting Cyprus in two matches exactly that of the Atilla Line found on Turkish invasion maps of the 1950's and the forced expulsion of all the Greek Cypriots from the north had been suggested to the UN Secretary General Galo Plaza in 1964 and is published in his report to the UN Security Council.

200,000 Greek Cypriots over 1/3 of the total Cyprus population were brutally ethnically cleansed by Turkey and made refugees in their own country.

Cyprus never threatened or attacked Turkey nor were any Cypriot Muslims ethnically cleansed by the Greek Cypriots.

During the course of the Turkish invasions 70,000 Greek Cypriot Civilians were held prisoner in Concentration Camps in occupied Cyprus and in Turkey and used as hostages to barging with. Over 1600 of these prisoners which included the old, women and children, whose names were known to the Red Cross but to which access was denied, have never returned. Turkey killed 8000 Greek Cypriots when it invaded Cyprus.

Following a new ceasefire Turkey demanded that unless the United Nations consented to the transfer of 50,000 Muslims from the free areas into the occupied north (in contravention of its own principles) it would proceed to bomb the free areas and would not free the Greek Cypriots it was holding captive.

In 1975 20,000 Greek Cypriots and Maronites remained enclaved in the Karpas Peninsula and Kyrenia. Since then all but 600 have be forced to leave through denial of basic rights including health care and education.

Since 1974 over 150,000 illegal Turkish colonists have been implanted into the occupied areas in violation of the Geneva Convention and now outnumber the Muslim Cypriots who now number less than 85,000. The Muslim Cypriots are being forced to emigrate because of persecution by the military controllers of the occupation regime and nationalist gangs of Turkish colonists.

Over 90% of the Land, Property including Businesses in the occupied areas is legally owned by the Greek Cypriot Refugees as adjudged by the European Court of Human Rights. The Muslim Cypriots own less than 10% of the land and property in the occupied areas (which amounts to less than 4% of Cyprus territory).

The illegal occupation regime (which considered to be a puppet of Turkey by the European Court of Human Rights) denies the Greek Cypriot owners of the majority of the land and property in the occupied areas the right to return and reclaim it, while Muslim Cypriot property owners are able to return to the free areas any time they wish and reclaim their property.

Political Correctness

Common Misconceptions

When referring to the issue of the illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing of Cyprus by Turkey many journalists and politicians make use of terms or refer to historical positions that are sometimes inaccurate or contradict established legal precedents and UN resolutions. This page is has been created to give guidance on how to prevent these mistakes from occurring in future.

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A grieving mother holding photos of her missing son.
1600+ men, women and children still missing

Greek Cypriots taken prisoner and transported to Turkey.
up to 70,000 held hostage in concentration camps

A Greek Cypriot napalmed by the Turkish air-force.
5000+ massacred

Greek Cypriots subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment.
thousands raped and tortured
200,000 ethnically cleansed

Christian gave stones smashed by the Turks.
500+ churches desecrated or destroyed

The murder of Tasos Isaac.
murders of refugees continue to this day

The murder of Solomos Solomou.

© 2001/2007 HEC and Argyros Argyrou. Updated on 6 March 2007