This paper was orginally presented at 39 Essex Street in March 2003.
“Cyprus v Turkey (2002) 11 BHRC 45 is a rare example of a successful challenge under Article 2 of the 1st Protocol. The Turkish authorities had abolished the Greek language secondary school facilities which had existed in Northern Cyprus before the invasion. The ECtHR held that the right to education did not specify the language in which education must be conducted. However, the option available to the children to continue their secondary education was at Turkish or English medium schools. Because they had already received their education to date in Greek the actions of the Turkish authorities constituted a denial of the substance of the right of access to existing educational establishments…”