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Re: Kurds must save Hasankeyf from Turkish destruction

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:21 pm

Tigris River will soon drown historic Turkish town

An ancient in North Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey), Hasankeyf, will be submerged in the coming months.

Hasankeyf and its surrounding limestone cliffs are home to thousands of human-made caves, 300 medieval monuments and a unique canyon ecosystem, according to the Smithsonian.

The ancient town, which has been inhabited for 12,000 years, will be swallowed up by an artificial lake as part of the Ilisu hydroelectric dam project, AFP News reports.

The dam will be Turkey's second largest. It has been built further downstream of the Tigris River, which runs through Hasankeyf.

The Ilisu dam project is a central element of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), a land development plan to boost the economy of the long-neglected region, through hydroelectric energy and irrigation, AFP reports.

The 3,000 habitants of Hasankeyf are divided on their feelings about the imminent flooding of their town and a hundred nearby villages.

Some are angry at the sacrifice being imposed on them, while others are impatient for the economic benefits promised by the government, AFP reports.

Many of the residents feel that the project will destroy the history embedded in their historic town.

However, the Turkish government dismisses much of the criticism, arguing that everything has been done to save the monuments.

For example, in August 2018, the 1,600-tonne historic Artuklu Hamam bath house was loaded onto a wheeled platform and moved down a specially constructed road to its new home. A site that is located 2 kilometers (approximately 1.8 miles) from the town and is soon to become an archaeological park.

Workers also recently moved the remnants of a 14th-century Ayyubid mosque to that same site.

In May 2017, workers moved an enormous, 600-year-old tomb on a large wheeled platform to safety. The 15th-century, domed Zeynel Bey Tomb weighed approximately 1,100 tons.

These relocation operations have transformed the town into a construction site.

Busloads of tourists have been replaced by swarms of dump trucks and a crane that sits at the town's entrance, AFP reports.

Despite the disruptions, other residents feel that their town may benefit from the move, believing that it may boost tourism and improve their lifestyles.

During the inauguration of the Ilisu construction site in 2006, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, promised the dam would bring "the greatest benefit" to local people. LIAR

Part of this promise involves building a "new Hasankeyf" on the other side of the river, with spacious flats and an ultra-modern hospital.

Engineers are waiting for the green light from Erdogan to close a third floodgate and complete the retention of the water, a process launched last summer, AFP reports.

After that, a three-month countdown will begin for Hasankeyf before it disappears beneath the Tigris.

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Re: ALL Kurds MUST stop Hasankeyf destruction by Turk invade

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:01 pm

Kurdistan’s ancient city Hasankeyf
soon to disappear under water


The ancient city of Hasankeyf Northern Kurdistan, is well known as an archaeological treasure but sadly will soon be flooded by an artificial lake, part of the Ilisu hydroelectric dam project

The authorities say that the dam will provide the country with electricity and water for irrigation but the dam itself has a lifespan of only 50-60 years

Critics are concerned that the project will destroy the ancient monuments of culture, including the caves of the Neolithic period, and radically change the local ecosystem

Flora and fauna unique to the Hasankeyf valley will be totally wiped out

One of the MOST important sites on Kurdish land is about to be destroyed

Time Kurds got their priorities right

Hasankeyf and the saving of the 3,000 Yazidi captives, are the two main priorities Kurds have to deal with

Everything else falls way behind in the list of priorities
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Re: ALL Kurds MUST stop Hasankeyf destruction by Turk invade

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:24 pm

Top Euro rights court reject application
concerning dam construction on Hasankeyf


The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has dismissed an appeal against Turkey concerning the construction of the Ilısu dam in the southeastern Batman province’s archeological site of Hasankeyf

The ECHR unanimously ruled that the application is “inadmissible” and found that there was no arguable claim that the project would violate the right to education and the right to respect for private life, according to a statement on Feb. 21.

The ECHR asserted that protecting the heritage is of Turkish authorities’ responsibility and that “the Court has no jurisdiction to consider whether or to what extent the construction of a dam could undermine a cultural heritage.”

Five applicants, three professors, a lawyer and a journalist, all involved in various fields related to the site, took the case to the ECHR in March 2006.

One of the applicants initially applied to Turkey’s Prime Minister’s Office for the cancellation of the dam project. Following the tacit dismissal of his request, the lawyer applied to an Ankara administrative court, which also dismissed his appeal in 2012.

“The destruction of Hasankeyf will violate the right to education of today’s humanity as well as the future generations,” the applicants said in their application, adding that the transferal of monuments to another place is not possible since most of the remains are “not amenable to such manipulation.”

The applicants also argued that the construction of the Ilısu dam will have irreversible impact on the nature and landscape of the region.

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Re: ALL Kurds MUST stop Hasankeyf destruction by Turk invade

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:29 am

ECHR Dismisses Appeal for Conserving Hasankeyf

The ECHR has dismissed the appeal for conserving Hasankeyf archeological site because “there is not a universal individual right to the protection of the cultural heritage.”

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has dismissed the appeal regarding the construction of the Ilısu Dam, which will leave the ancient city of Hasankeyf under water.

For hte conservation of the cultural heritage in sourheastern Batman province, Prof. Dr. Zeynep Ahunbay, Prof. Dr. Oluş Arık, Prof. Dr. Metin Ahunbay, Avukat Murat Cano and Özcan Yüksek appealed to the court in 2006.

The court unanimously ruled that the appeal is "inadmissable."

The decision was given by a Chamber of seven judges, composed as follows: Robert Spano (Iceland), President, Ledi Bianku (Albania), Işıl Karakaş (Turkey), Julia Laffranque (Estonia), Valeriu Griţco (the Republic of Moldova), Jon Fridrik Kjølbro (Denmark), Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström (Monaco) and also Stanley Naismith, Section Registrar.

Appeal "incompatible with ECHR"

The court ruled that the appeal was incompatible with the Articles 35/3 (a) and 35/4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

It stated that there has been no European consensus, or even a trend among the member States of the Council of Europe, which would have made it possible to infer from the Convention's provisions that there existed a universal individual right to the protection of the cultural heritage.

Hasankeyf Initiative: "ECtHR evades responsibility"

The "Initiative to Make Hasankeyf Live" has made a statement after the court's ruling, saying that the ECtHR "evaded responsibility" by dismissing the appeal.

"This cultural and natural place is inarguably one of the most important heritage sites in Turkey, Middle East, and Europe and is much more valuable than any economic investment," it said.

The Initiative added that had the ECtHR would make a decision against Hasankeyf's sinking in water, it could pressure the government of Turkey to reach the high environmental and social standards.

    What do the articles say?

    Article 34: The Court may receive applications from any person, nongovernmental organisation or group of individuals claiming to be the victim of a violation by one of the High Contracting Parties of the rights set forth in the Convention or the Protocols thereto. The High Contracting Parties undertake not to hinder in any way the effective exercise of this right.

    Article 35/3 (a): The Court shall declare inadmissible any individual application submitted under Article 34 if it considers that the application is incompatible with the provisions of the Convention or the Protocols thereto, manifestly ill-founded, or an abuse of the right of individual application

    Article 35/4: The Court shall reject any application which it considers
    inadmissible under this Article. It may do so at any stage of the proceedings.

Applicants demanded halt to construction

The ECtHR stated the following on the application:

"Relying in essence on Article 8 (right to respect for private life) and Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education), the applicants complained that the planned construction of the dam was liable to destroy the Hasankeyf archaeological site.

"They also alleged that the plan to move certain monuments from the site would be impossible to implement and that many of the archaeological remains did not lend themselves to such treatment.

"In consequence, they asked the Court to indicate preventive measures to the Government before the Hasankeyf site was flooded."

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Re: ALL Kurds MUST stop Hasankeyf destruction by Turk invade

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:37 am

Hasankeyf Shortlisted Among 7
Most Endangered Cultural Heritage


Ancient City of Hasankeyf and its surrounding to be submerged because of dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant (HES) surrounding has been shortlisted for Seven Most Endangered program 2016 by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute

Hasankeyf located by border of Batman province and by Tigris river is under direct threat of Ilısu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project. In case the project in construction is completed, the ancient city will be submerged and most of the archeological remnants will be damaged.

Europe’s leading cultural heritage organization Europa Nostra, and European Investment Bank Institute (EIBI) announced the list in a public event held in Ateneo Veneto in Venice of Italy.

Hasankeyf with the support of Hasankeyf Matters and Keeping Hasankeyf Alive Initiative was nominated by Cultural Awareness Foundation.

Other six places in the list are as follows: The Archaeological site of Ererouyk and the village of Ani Pemza in Armenia, Patarei Sea Fortress in Tallinn inEstonia, Helsinki-Malmi Airport in Finland, Colbert Swing Bridge in Dieppe inFrance, the Kampos of Chios in Greece, the Convent of St. Anthony of Padua in Extremadura in Spain,

    Hasankeyf

    Hasankeyf, sitting on the banks of the River Tigris, is one of the most important architectural and archaeological sites in Europe, boasting a rich biodiversity and 12,000 years of human history. Masterpieces of Islamic architecture, dating from the 12th to 15th centuries C.E., make the town one of the best preserved witnesses to Seljuk urban culture, particularly from the Artukid and Ayyubid dynasties.

    A small town with a great heritage, Hasankeyf already attracts about 500.000 visitors each year, a number expected to rise. Given its historical, architectural and economic significance for the region, public opinion supports its preservation. The area was declared a First Degree Archaeological Site by Turkey's Supreme Board of Monuments in 1978 and has been under the protection of the Culture Ministry's General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums since 1981.

    The urgent threat to Hasankeyf is posed by the Ilisu dam hydroelectric power project which, if implemented as planned, would submerge the site under 65 metres of water by 2018. The Government of Turkey has a vision for salvaging selected monuments and developing the site as a prestigious destination. However, Hasankeyf's preservation in its original location might prove more economically advantageous than the dam, and its cultural significance for Turkey is incomparable.

    The Cultural Awareness Foundation nominated Hasankeyf for 'The 7 Most Endangered' 2016 in an attempt to preserve it and to promote dialogue about heritage conservation and sustainability.

    In addition, Europa Nostra and the EIB Institute - following a firm recommendation from an international advisory panel of experts - decided that the Venice Lagoon in Italy should be declared the most endangered heritage site in Europe.

They need support

Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, stated: “This list spotlights rare examples of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of being lost forever. The local communities are firmly engaged in trying to save these testaments to our shared story but need widespread support.

On behalf of Europa Nostra, I urge national and European stakeholders, both public and private, to join forces with us to ensure a promising future for these sites. Rescuing our common heritage brings countless social and economic benefits not just for the regions and the countries involved but for Europe as a whole, as has been increasingly recognised by EU institutions and is clearly demonstrated in the recent report ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’”. (NV/TK)

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Re: STOP destruction of Hasankeyf before it is too late

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:31 am

HASANKEYF IS ON KURDISH LAND

One day Kurdistan will be FREE and the next generation of Kurds will be ashamed that their parents did nothing to protect Hasankeyf - the most important site in Kurdistan

Turkey has been destroying Kurdish lands ever since it gained control over them

I am furious at the Kurds lack of support for such a valuable historical site

Kurds should get their priorities right:

    Leaders come and go
    They are replaced
    They are forgotten
Hasankeyf can never be replaced :((
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