Zeynel Bey Tomb relocation – Int’l Open letter to 2 European Companies

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Open letter to:
1) Bresser Eurasia BV.
Viltweg 1p, P.O. Box 5231, 3295 ZJ ’s-Gravendeel, The Netherlands
2) Korres Engineering
9 Varnali Str., Melissia 151 27, Athens, Greece

Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in
Hasankeyf/Turkey
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New York Times: Turkish Dam Project Threatens Thousands of Years of History

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New York Times, Set. 2016; ISTANBUL — For five generations, Firat Argun’s family has lived in Hasankeyf, an ancient town on the Tigris River in southeast Turkey where he runs a small bed-and-breakfast with a well-appointed garden.

“I have everything in my garden,” he said recently. “I have already found my heaven.”

But his little heaven will soon be lost.

Further text:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/world/europe/turkey-hasankeyf-ilisu-dam.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

(Türkçe) Unesco Genel Kurulunda Diyarbakir’i tartismadi

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Call for an international delegation on forest fires!

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Since June 2016 in several provinces of North (Turkish) Kurdistan the forests are burning again. These forest fires are in areas where shortly beforehand the governors – appointed by the central Turkish government – have declared no-go zones for the population and military operations are conducted. We call on all activists and organizations in Turkey and abroad to join a delegation on these spreading forest fires! Read the rest of this entry »

Save the date: Counterforum to UNESCO-WHC session, July 16-17, 2016, Istanbul.

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We would like to inform you in advance that a “counterforum” on ecological and cultural heritage will be held on July 16-17, 2016, in Istanbul. It will be organized by the “Ecology Council” on the occasion of the 40th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the UNESCO which will be held in Istanbul between July 10 and 20, 2016. The “Ecology Council” consists of more than over 40 organizations – we are among them – and works on issues related to ecological destruction and exploitation from all over the Republic of Turkey. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for Action to Protect the Marshlands of Mesopotamia!

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Statement by the Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign – June 9, 2016

We demand transparency from the Iraqi government and UNESCO-Iraq regarding a possible inclusion of the Iraqi Marshes for the World Heritage List.

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7+8th of May: Hasankeyf and Tigris Symposium

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Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley Symposium – Final Program

7 and 8 May 2016, Batman and Hasankeyf

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Final Declaration of 1st Ecology Conference (April 23-24, Wan)

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+++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++

Final Declaration of the 1st Conference held on April 23-24, 2016, in Wan – North Kurdistan

On April 23 and 24, 2016, the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM) held its first conference in the city of Wan (Van). One hundred delegates participated, coming from the provinces Amed (Diyarbakir), Dîlok (Gaziantep), Riha (Sanliurfa), Merdîn, Muş, Wan, Elih (Batman), Siirt, Dersîm, and Bedlîs (Bitlis) in Turkey.

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PR: Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

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Press Release, 16 March 2016

The historic town of Hasankeyf, located on the Upper Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, has been selected as one of Europe’s “7 Most Endangered” heritage sites for 2016. The announcement, which noted that Hasankeyf is one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites, was made today in Venice by Europa Nostra, Europe’s leading heritage organization, and the European Investment Bank Institute. Read the rest of this entry »

Dams and democracy: has the last word been said on Hasankeyf?

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That modernization will provide a remedy to all ills is a founding Turkish Republican idea that has proven to be also the most resilient one.

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From the HDP to the government regarding ‘New Hasankeyf’

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The HDP, questioning the government about ‘New Hasankeyf,’ said, “If one evaluates Hasankeyf as a historical treasure it is still impossible to understand the choice to eliminate with a destructive dam project nature and heritage.

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ECHR accepts Hasankeyf trial as urgent case

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The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has accepted the trial on Hasankeyf as an urgent case. In 2006 five persons have applied to the ECHR and in 2015 the trial achieved its final round.