Cyprus is a country where many religions coexist. However, the
main representatives are Greek Orthodox and Muslims.
According to Cypriot Constitution, all religions are equal before the law and everyone has the right to freely choose and practice their religious beliefs individually or collectively, in private or in public.
The Turkish invasion of 1974:
For more information about the Turkish invasion see here: https://mfa.gov.cy/turkish-military-invasion-and-occupation.html
In Cyprus, individuals from all religious groups on the island have been subjected to assault, attacks and abuse with anti-religious motives, both in the past and in recent years. In addition to discrimination and violence on religious grounds against individuals and members of religious minorities, there are acts of terrorism, vandalism, hate crimes or desecration of public places of collective religious practice:
There are many mechanisms in Cyprus that aim to combat and prevent hate crimes and attacks against religion. First and foremost, is the Constitution of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus has ratified most European and United Nations Conventions that are related to discrimination. There are many public authorities that deal with this issue. The most important are listed below. For more information, click on the name of the institution.
Non-governmental organizations such as Caritas and KISA in Cyprus are among stakeholders in support of victims of hate crimes as well as awareness raising actors in favor of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.
Caritas: The emphasis on human equality, peace and reconciliation is key to their declaration of values and Catholic social teaching is guiding their actions.