İstanbul Kültür University

Towards Trust Building: Reconciliation through a Common Purpose in Cyprus

GPoT Center in collaboration with Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and Turkish Cypriots Human Rights Foundation (TCHRF) jointly implemented a research project sponsored by the European Commission under the special action “Reconciliation, Confidence Building Measures and Support to Civil Society” in Cyprus.

The aim of the project was to examine the humanitarian problems on the island that reflect the difficulty experienced by third parties, i.e. degrading treatment of refugees and asylum seekers; freedom from other cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment and human trafficking; and also to improve the situation in Cyprus according to the outcomes of the research and put it in line with the European standards.

The project also aspired to develop a common mindset of communication and cooperation between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots and thus contributed to trust building and reconciliation between the two communities.

The outcome of the project - an extensive report by Christalla Yakithou and Öncel Polili entitled “Reconciliation Through a Common Purpose: Third Party Human Rights in Cyprus” is available in English here. If you are interested in the Turkish and/or Greek electronic version(s) of the report, please send your request by e-mail to:

  • Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)
  • Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation (KIHV)
  • European Commission

Dates: December 2009 - December 2010

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