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Human rights status remains steady in Cyprus

US State Department report highlights concerns in both Republic and Turkish-occupied areas


The US State Department's annual report on human rights reveals that the situation in Cyprus saw no significant changes in 2023. The report covers both the Republic of Cyprus and the area administered by Turkish Cypriots, emphasizing the unique political landscape of the island.

In the Republic of Cyprus, the report underscores concerns such as interference with NGO freedom, deportations of asylum seekers, and crimes against minority groups. While the government has taken steps to address human rights abuses, there are still instances of limited impunity.

On the positive side, the report acknowledges freedom of expression and democratic elections in the Republic. However, corruption remains an issue, with numerous reports indicating governmental malpractice.

In the area administered by Turkish Cypriots, the report highlights harsh prison conditions, restrictions on freedom of expression, and serious government corruption. Limited efforts to address human rights abuses are noted, but widespread impunity persists.

Overall, the report underscores the need for continued attention to human rights issues in both the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish-administered areas.

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