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Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day 28 April 2018

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Re: Hasankeyf is on Kurdish land and Kurds MUST protect it

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:21 pm

Hasankeyf merchants to protest DSİ's eviction order

Merchants in Hasankeyf have agreed to gather at the old municipal building this morning to express their opposition to the eviction notice issued by the DSİ (Turkey's State Hydraulic Works). They continue to insist that it is too early to move to the new settlement area, which cannot at present support a level of commercial activity anywhere near that of the current market in historic Hasankeyf.

It has been a month since the DSİ issued a tebligat (official notice) ordering the merchants to vacate their present stores. Pressure is mounting. A few Hasankeyf residents have been forced to move from their homes on Dicle Sokak, and these houses have been demolished to make way for the removal of architectural elements.

To force the merchants out of their current locations before the new settlement area can support commercial activity would potentially violate the universal human right to work (as outlined in our letter to DSİ executives two weeks ago). The universal right to work is guaranteed by Turkey's 1982 Constitution (e.g., IV. Freedom to work and make contracts, Article 48; V. Work-related Provisions, Article 49).

The level of economic injustice perpetrated by the state (according to procedures defined in a Council of State Declaration issued in 2015 and amended in 2016) is completely out of line with international conventions and standards for sustainable economic development:

    Some Hasankeyf merchants have not been allowed to purchase new commercial property because they reside in surrounding villages and were, therefore, excluded from the compensation and relocation plan set up for Hasankeyf residents.

    Others report that they have been the denied the right to buy commercial property because they are not married.

    Some local entrepreneurs who have been operating various businesses in Hasankeyf for years have nonetheless been prevented from buying property due to bureaucratic technicalities (e.g., missing the cut-off date for registering a business, which was several years before the announcement in 2015 of procedures for resettlement).

    A number of business owners have borrowed money to purchase equipment and/or merchandise and worry that they face severe financial hardship, or ruin, if they are not able to continue doing business in their current location.

We reiterate our hope that the merchants of Hasankeyf will be allowed to conduct business in their current locations at least until the cultural heritage conservation project is nearing completion and the majority of residents of Hasankeyf have moved to the new settlement area.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:56 pm

Soon-to-be-displaced residents of Hasankeyf have nowhere to go

The Ilısu Dam, nearing completion, will soon displace residents of the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, but many of them will be ineligible for relocation and have been given nowhere to go.

“Neolithic caves line the surrounding cliffs, atop which a Roman citadel rises over early Ottoman minarets,” DW said in describing the area, adding that a few kilometers downstream construction on the Ilısu Dam is nearing completion and that this part of the Tigris River valley will soon become a reservoir, inundating Hasankeyf in the process. The project has been decades in the making, and despite local and international protests — in which European banks withdrew funding – recent developments suggest water levels will start rising this summer, though a firm date has yet to be announced.

Reporting that the final turbine will be installed in the 1,200-megawatt dam this spring, DW said that “To prepare, Turkey’s General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works [DSİ] issued eviction notices in February to Hasankeyf merchants, ordering them to close up shop and move to the new Hasankeyf being built across the river on higher ground.”

“The notice was met with protests. Merchants complained the new town was not yet complete and they would be unable to conduct business away from the historic sites where they have long made a livelihood from selling souvenirs to passing tourists,” DW reported.

The government has built 710 housing units in the new Hasankeyf and is allocating them only to families registered as residents of Hasankeyf. Though Merut Tekin was born and raised in Hasankeyf, he is single, so he is not eligible to purchase either housing or a commercial property in the new town. Merchants who rent shops in Hasankeyf but live in adjacent towns will also be denied property and state assistance.

“The looming project prompted Hasankeyf residents to move out over the decades, driving the town’s population down from 10,000 to about 2,000 year-round residents,” wrote DW. Citing John Crofoot, an American who has lived on and off in Hasankeyf for six years and is the co-founder of Hasankeyf Matters, which tries to raise awareness of the hamlet, the German news outlet stated that the first proposals for the Ilısu Dam were introduced in the 1950s. Since then, the prospect of a reservoir flooding the area has diverted investments away from Hasankeyf.

Over the years, Crofoot has documented developments in Hasankeyf. He said the last few months have been the most difficult for local residents. Work crews have been blasting limestone cliffs dotted with 10,000-year-old caves to fill in valleys that once operated as tourist attractions in order to rid the area of loose, potentially hazardous rocks that could collapse when water levels rise.

The state claims dynamite is not being used in the process, but residents told DW they often hear explosions coming from work areas. Large earthwork projects are also underway in Hasankeyf, one of which is meant to reinforce a cliff topped with a Roman citadel, as it will remain above the reservoir’s projected water line.

Hasankeyf residents interviewed by DW said demolition plans were never publicly shared and independent environmental impact studies had not been conducted. Such claims were refuted by Alexander Schwab, senior vice president of Andritz Hydro, the Vienna-based company overseeing the construction of Ilısu Dam. Schwab said every house in the area was tracked via aerial surveillance and later visited by consultants who informed inhabitants about the construction plans.

According to DW, Ulrich Eichelmann, CEO of Riverwatch in Vienna, disagrees. “If you destroy all this, you are in no way better than the Taliban in Bamiyam, where they destroyed the Buddha statues a few years ago,” Eichelmann said. “It’s a similar act of idiocy. It’s crazy.”

Civilized life in the ancient town of Hasankeyf dates back to the eighth century B.C., and the drawings inside the caves scattered around the town shed light on different periods, cultures and architectures of humanity. It is home to evidence of the roots of the human species, the beginning of agriculture and the beginning of civilization. The nearly 6,000 caves around the town are one of the first sites of human settlement.

With its history and nature, Hasankeyf fulfills nine of the 10 UNESCO criteria to be protected as part of the human heritage. Hasankeyf also possesses one of the richest treasures of Islamic monuments. Sitting on the banks of the Tigris River, the town is one of the most important architectural and archaeological sites in the world, 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 that is 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.

There are more than 300 archaeological sites within 7,000 hectares of land where the town settled. Eighty-three of these sites are directly affected by the dam, and the others are susceptible to the dam’s erosion affect.

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Re: Prevent the crime against humanity in Hasankeyf

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:16 pm

Crime against humanity in Hasankeyf

There is a crime against humanity being committed in Hasankeyf which, with its 12 millenia long history, will be flooded when the Ilısu Dam is completed.

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People from Hasankeyf say the destruction of the 12 millenia old ancient city is a crime against humanity and the world should not remain silent in the face of that.

Hasankeyf resident Musa Şengel stated that the foundation of humanity was laid in Mesopotamia, and human history and all its mysteries are hidden in the ancient city of Hasankeyf and said the grave discovered last year was 15 thousand years old. Şengel said, “Hasankeyf is the heart of Mesopotamia. It is the identity of history and humanity. People should not remain silent. We will continue to defend Hasankeyf.”

THEY LOOT EVERYTHING

Tourism worker Fırat Argun, who has been defending Hasankeyf in all platforms for years to keep the city alive, stated that even mosques have been demolished with construction equipment with no regard. Argun said: “They first tore down the mosque in Hasankeyf. This ugly approach is disrespectful to our faith. Then they demolished the homes of district residents. Those who could demolish the house of Allah could of course tear down the houses of citizens with great ease. They even tore down the nests of incubating animals. Everybody should stand up against this tyranny.”

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Recenty some artifacts have been moved to different locations under the guise of preserving Hasankeyf, but the globally important historic treasures in the ancient city have both been damaged by construction equipment, and are doomed to be flooded. As Hasankeyf goes through the last of its times, domestic and foreign tourists rush to the area to see the ancient city for one last time before it is destroyed.
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Re: Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day 28 April 2018

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:15 am

Call for Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day

Ecological movements issued a common call for the Global Action Day for Sur and Hasankeyf on April 28

Yesterday in Diyarbakir (Amed), ecological movements issued a common call for the Global Action Day for Sur and Hasankeyf.

We publish the full text of the call for Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day by The Platform Against The Destruction of Sur (Sur’un Yıkımına Hayır Platformu), Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (Mezopotamya Ekoloji Hareketi), Istanbul Sur Solidarity Platform (İstanbul Sur’la Dayanışma Platformu), Hasankeyf Initiative (Hasankeyf’i Yaşatma Girişimi) and Let Munzur Flow Freely Assembly (Munzur Özgür Aksın Meclisi).

“As a result of intensive discussions we made with numerous institutions, individuals, platforms and initiatives respectıng history, society and nature, it has been decided to declare April 28,2018 as the Global Action Day for Sur and Hasankeyf. We expect that a series of simultaneous actions and events will be held on April 28 in around one dozen countries.

By these actions, we will raise these demands;

    Lift the Ban upon Sur, Let Sur Live. Let the People of Sur return to their homes!

    Stop the Destruction and Relocation of Hasankeyf; Let the Tigris river flow freely!

    'Stop the Historical, Political, Ecological and Cultural Crime in Sur and Hasankeyf!'
DO NOT ALLOW THE MASSACRE OF HASANKEYF

DESTRUCTION OF UNIQUE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

FLORA & FAUNA FOUND NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH

DEFEND THE COMMON HISTORY OF SUR AND HASANKEYF

SAVE KURDISH NATURE AND CULTURE!


In order to express our demands, various actions will be held on April 28, 2018 in one dozen countries and in many cities of Turkey with the invitation of Artists, Intellectuals, Authors, Ecology and Environmental Movements, Urban Movements, Women's Organizations, NGOs, Platform and Initiatives, Sensitive Political Parties and Unions, Professional Organizations and Chambers.

We would like to invite all sensitive circles and our people to participate in the actions and to embrace the ancient cities of Sur and Hasankeyf which have hosted humanity for thousands of years on the banks of the Tigris River. These cities are the common heritage of humanity and they belong to everyone. Therefore, it is all of our interest. For this reason, we invite everyone to take responsibility and embrace these cities to stop the destruction, relocation and sale of these cities. With these feelings and thoughts, we invite everyone to participate in these events in the cities where the events of April 28th will be held and to join this voice. We believe and we know that so many people are against the destruction of these cities. The way of revealing what we are against is through legitimate and democratic ways of supporting the scream of SUR and HASANKEYF

We will also organize a number of events to support the ancient cities of Sur and Hasankeyf in Amed with our components and sensitive institutions on April 28th. These events will begin with a statement to the press and public including the opinions of the people of Sur, Hasankeyf, many other experts and the people who are deeply committed to these cities in terms of expressing our suggestions and requests regarding the current situation of the two cities.

The statement will be made at 12:00 in front of the Grand Mosque (Ulucami) in Sur. After the statement, a number of inspections will be held with the artists and delegations coming from other cities in Ali Pasha and Lalebey Neighborhoods where the urban transformation still continues. In the evening, poetry-music audition and documentary shows will be held about Sur.

So we say

'Stop the Historical, Political, Ecological and Cultural Crime in Sur and Hasankeyf!'

STOP THE DECTRUCTION AND RELOCATION IN HASANKEYF
LET THE TIGRIS RIVER FLOW FREELY!

LIFT THE BANS UPON SUR, LET SUR LIVE, LET SUR PEOPLE RETURN HOME!

DO NO LET THE MASSACRE OF CITY AND NATURE; DEFEND THE COMMON HISTORY, NATURE AND CULTURE!


We invite everyone to become the scream of

    HASANKEYF

    HASANKEYF

    HASANKEYF
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