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The IMDC (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre) has published a report in July 2017 on the displacement of people by the Ilisu Dam Project. You can see the report here:
Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon
Stop Land Degradation in Western Iran
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
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 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
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.
Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb
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.
+++ 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!
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!
+++ 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 +++