Human rights are of utmost importance to our legal system and constitute the highest form of legal protection. Every person is entitled to equal protection and respect of his/her human rights without any discrimination. They are considered one of the greatest accomplishments of humankind, which affect every aspect of law ever since their establishment.
The Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus (1960), established the Republic of Cyprus and offered wide protection of human rights. Additionally, some of these rights are also protected by the European Convention of Human Rights, to which Cyprus is a signatory country. Consequently, even if a violation of such a right is not remedied by the relevant national courts, the injured parties may seek protection before the European Court of Human Rights. This court has played a decisive role in defining and setting the boundaries of protection for each right, through its very well-established case law.
It is worth mentioning that everyone whose rights and freedoms, as set forth in the aforementioned Convention, are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority, notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity. This means that every violation of a human right may create both a possibility of obtaining damages analogous to the extent of the injury, as well as the remedies prescribed by law in a criminal trial.
As a law firm, we handle many cases where human rights law has a dominant role in the proceedings. We have worked for both claimants and defendants facing charges for such alleged violations, and we have had an important role in cases, the judgements of which have affected the way the following rights are interpreted: