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Europa Nostra statement on endangered heritage site of Hasankeyf

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The Hague, 29 June 2017 –  The Board of Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, made a statement about the Ancient city of Hasankeyf and its surroundings in Turkey, listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2016, following a nomination by the Cultural Awareness Foundation. In their statement, the Board of Europa Nostra deeply deplores the decision of the Turkish government to build a dam that would lead to the flooding of a site of world significance, without proper and transparent justification and without adequate compensation measures. In particular, the Board regrets that the removal of the Zeynel Bay Tomb has been carried out with insufficient consultation with the local and scholarly communities and that other Islamic monuments of great significance remain highly endangered. The Board of Europa Nostra urges the Turkish authorities to adhere to the standards of heritage protection that are included in the European Conventions and to set up a proper consultation process with local communities and civil society organisations concerned in an open and transparent manner.
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Protest against Dutch company Bresser at its headquarter: Withdraw from relocation of monuments in Hasankeyf

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Today, several dozen people from Dutch, German, Iraqi, Iranian, British and Turkish civil society organisations are protesting at the headquarter of the Dutch company Bresser in s-Gravendeel, near Rotterdam. Bresser, which specializes in the relocation of buildings and monuments, is currently moving historical monuments of the town of Hasankeyf, located in the mainly Kurdish populated South East of Turkey. The relocation is part of the highly controversial Ilisu dam project and we demand from Bresser to put an immediate stop to the relocation of the cultural sites.

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The relocation of Zeynel Bey Tomb in Radio

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The relocation of the historical Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf implemented on May 12, 2017, has been discussed in the Istanbul based “Acik Radio”. Program is in Turkish. Link: http://www.suhakki.org/2017/05/su-hakkinda-650-senelik-zeynel-bey-turbesinin-ilisu-baraji-icin-yerinden-edilmesini-konustuk/#.WRynk0ekKV5

Relocation of Zeynel Bey Tomb has started – Struggle continues

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This morning the planned relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb has started. Unfortunately our concerns and critic has not been taken into account. This step is a clear disrespectfulness and a crime against history and cultural heritage. We will follow up this case with all legal and democratic means. Further we will thematize the covering of the historical bridge pillars.

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Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

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Yesterday local sources reported that the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf, which has been encased in a concrete foundation, has now been lifted from its original foundation. According to local reports, the tomb will be moved tomorrow (Friday) without advance notification to the press. At the time of writing, the DSI (the State Hydraulic Works), which is responsible for the Ilisu Dam Project, has not announced the move on its web site.

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Open Letter to Bresser: Failed test run – Stop relocation of Zeynel Bey Tomb!

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+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Hasankeyf Matters +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign +++ Humat Dijla, Baghdad +++

Failed test run shows impossibility of relocation of Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf!

Stop the relocation project!

 Ilısu Barajı'nın tamamlanması durumunda su altında kalacak 650 yıllık Zeynel Bey Türbesi'nin, Hasankeyf Yeni Kültürel Park Alanı'na taşınması için güzergah yolunun asfaltlama çalışmaları sona erdi.  ( Hasankeyf Kaymakamlığı - Anadolu Ajansı )

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Call Dutch company Bresser to stop the relocation of Zeynel Bey Tomb!

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In the following days the highly controversial relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf could be started. This would lead to the start of the irreparable destruction of the cultural heritage of 12.000 years old town Hasankeyf and a large part of the Tigris valley in the mainly Kurdish Southeast of Turkey!

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Open Letter to Bresser Eurasia and Er-Bu İnşaat

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+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, Iraq +++ Zeynel-Bey_2017-03

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Current developments in the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey

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Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, End of December 2016

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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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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 »