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Monday, 13 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Judith Bunting (Renew). – In 2018 Cyprus ratified the Istanbul Convention, which states that the rights of victims should be protected at all stages of an investigation and that judicial proceeding should enable victims to be heard, to supply evidence, and to have their views, needs and concerns presented.

Last week, a British teenager was convicted of public mischief in Cyprus and handed a four-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of falsifying a rape claim. This young woman’s legal team has reported irregularities, which may have led to a questionable verdict in this case. How is it possible for a court to conclude this woman was lying when the judge has refused even to consider whether or not she had been assaulted?

The woman in question has also reported that she was denied a lawyer, which is against the European Convention of Human Rights.

We demand, we call on Member States to require that all Member States strive to uphold commitments made in the Istanbul Convention, that Cyprus addresses procedural issues that may have taken place in this case, and that the Cypriot legal system should ensure any appeal is heard by the Supreme Court.

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