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November 2022

Cyprus has demonstrated “firm resolve” to combat violence against women, according to a report produced by the Council of Europe’s expert group monitoring the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, GREVIO. This includes through strengthening its legal framework to criminalise different forms of violence against women and protect women from harassment, including stalking, as well as sexual and gendered online harassment. It also includes strengthening institutions. For example, the country has established investigative units to pursue cases of domestic violence. However, the report notes the absence of a referral centre to support victims of sexual violence, widespread prejudice in law enforcement leading to a lack of trust by victims, and challenges in ensuring gender-sensitive asylum determination procedures.

October 2022

On 26 October politicians accused of involvement in a discredited citizenship-for-investment scheme appeared in Nicosia Criminal Court. The scheme was exposed by an Al Jazeera investigation in August 2020, which detailed a failure to enforce eligibility criteria leading to the sale of passports to criminals and the facilitation of the laundering of stolen assets. A subsequent public inquiry found that over 6,700 people had been granted citizenship through the scheme between 2007 and 2020, over half of which were found to have been unlawfully granted. The defendants on trial include former parliamentary speaker Demetris Syllouris, facing charges of corruption and bribery.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
1 215 590
System of government
Presidential system
Head of government
President Nicos Anastasiades (since 2013)
Head of government party
Democratic Rally
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
List Proportional Representation
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
14.3%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2021
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
6.34
Head of state
President Nicos Anastasiades
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (two-round majority)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
29/01/2019
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
86.70%
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Human Rights Treaties

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Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
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Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
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International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
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Regional Treaties
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 4 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 6 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 7 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 12 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Early Warning System BETA

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Low risk of democratic breakdown Low risk of democratic breakdown (BETA)
Low risk of democratic backsliding Low risk of democratic backsliding (BETA)

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Representative government neutral Participatory engagement
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