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Brutality in an Age of Human RightsActivism and Counterinsurgency at the End of the British Empire$
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Brian Drohan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714658

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714658.001.0001

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The Shadow of Strasbourg

The Shadow of Strasbourg

International Advocacy and Britain’s Response

(p.47) Chapter 2 The Shadow of Strasbourg
Brutality in an Age of Human Rights

Brian Drohan

Cornell University Press

The second chapter examines British responses to two sets of events: the two European Commission of Human Rights cases filed by the Greek government on behalf of Greek Cypriots; and Greek Cypriot allegations of British atrocities. The Cyprus government reacted by establishing a counterpropaganda organization, the Special Investigations Group (SIG), which existed to defend British actions rather than investigate the validity of Greek Cypriot claims. Furthermore, colonial authorities manipulated the results of government inquiries into two controversial incidents in order to deflect criticism from the security forces. When faced with challenges from within Cyprus and abroad, British officials found new ways to cover up evidence of rights abuses.

Keywords:   European Commission of Human Rights, Cyprus, Special Investigations Group, propaganda, atrocities

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