50 Years of Embargoes
By Chris Elliott
Last weekend I had the opportunity of meeting up with Fevzi Galatyali Hussein, the Chairman of the Embargoed organisation, together with his colleague, Mustafa Bozkus the Treasurer, who were on a visit to North Cyprus to promote their latest initiative to promote the need for change of the Cyprus Embargoes situation.
During their 36 hour visit to North Cyprus they had many meetings including President Dervis Eroglu and many other members of the Cabinet and attended TV and newspaper interviews to explain what Embargoed are trying to do to focus world attention to the ongoing unfair Embargoes which are imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people and you can read more of this below.
50 Years of Embargoes
Embargoed! have launched their newest campaign which seeks to highlight awareness of the fact that an unwanted anniversary has been reached, namely 50 years since the embargoes against Turkish Cypriots first came into place.
A hard-hitting campaign promo-video reinforces the tough message that a lifetime of embargoes has been in place and that this must stop.
The campaign itself, will go into top gear in early May when the House of Lords plays host to a “hard launch” sponsored by Baroness, Meral Hussein-Ece.
The campaign has massive potential and will be tapping into a completely new audience as Embargoed! seeks to bring in a new angle to their lobbying capabilities. The campaign will invite creative ingenuity asking potential entrants to engage in understanding the Cyprus problem in a balanced and unbiased manner so that the issue of the embargoes comes to the fore.
Artistic platforms such as incredibleart.com and studentcompetitions.com will tap into a new audience giving this campaign a truly global feel.
It is anticipated that the schools in North Cyprus will also get involved in this initiative.
The best entries will be show-cased periodically and these will be going forward to a grand finale where the winner of the short-film category will also be shown at the Golden Island International Film Festival in the TRNC. Other categories include written material and Photography. Prize money of up to £1,000 will be available to the winners of each category.
A legacy exhibition consisting of the best material will also be set up and this will be shown in the European Parliament to highlight that the embargoes have now been in place for five decades. Other highlights of the campaign will include an innovative postcard campaign where 5,000 postcards will be available to Turkish Cypriots in the UK to post to their MPs, again raising awareness and seeking their support. A dedicated campaign website has also been set up (http://www.50yearsof.com ) which will be ready before the hard launch event.
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