Reconciliation Through a Common Purpose: Third Party Human Rights in Cyprus
16 December 2010
The situation faced by refugees and asylum seekers the world over is hugely problematic. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees there were over 15.2 million refugees worldwide and nearly a million asylum seekers in 2009. Despite the stark reality of the numbers, the issue of asylum seekers and refugees from third countries is relatively new to the island of Cyprus. Indeed, the divided island is not widely known as a host country for refugees and asylum seekers from third countries.
The report itself was prepared by two researchers: Dr. Christalla Yakinthou from the Greek Cypriot community and Öncel Polili from the Turkish Cypriot community. It aims to look at the issue of the human rights of third parties on both sides of the island, how they are affected by the ongoing lack of political settlement and what can be done to alleviate some of the hardships that they face. Although there remains no solution to the Cyprus problem itself, this should not be used as an excuse to ignore fundamental rights and freedoms.
This report looks to offer policy proposals aimed at easing the asylum process and experience faced by asylum seekers and refugees on both sides of the island.