[spectre] (fwd) ISTANBUL: Roma, Roms,
Gitanos NEED URGENT INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT!
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Thu Jan 10 14:16:05 CET 2008
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 21:30:13 +0200
From: "Pelin Tan" <pelintan at gmail.com>
To: aslikiyak <aslikiyak at celikdizayn.com>
Subject: ISTANBUL: Roma, Roms, Gitanos NEED URGENT INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT!
The historical Romani district of Istanbul, Sulukule, is to be
destroyed under the name of "urban renewal" and the Roma living there
are to be expulsed out of the city. Please react and show your support
Le quartier historique des Roms d'Istanbul, Sulukule, sera demoli sous
pretexte de "renovation urbain" et ses habitants gitans seront
expulses en dehors de la ville. S'il vous plait reagissez et montrez
votre soutien en urgence!...
La plateforme de Sulukule
El barrio historico de los gitanos d'Istanbul, Sulukule, sera
destruido con el pretexto de "renovacion urbana" y sus habitantes van
a ser expulsados fuera de la cuidad. Por favor protestar y manifestar
vuestro apoyo de urgencia!...
La Platforma de Sulukule
Istanbul'un tarihi Roman mahallesi Sulukule, "kentsel yenileme" adi
altinda yikilmak ve mahalle sakinleri kentin disina surulmek
isteniyor! Lutfen acil olarak tepkinizi ve Sulukule sakinlerine
URGENT CALL FOR SULUKULE ROMANI COMMUNITY
Your support urgently needed against exclusion of Roma from historic Sulukule!
One of the oldest Romani communities in the
World, the Sulukule Romani population is being
forced to leave their historical neighborhood.
The Sulukule neighborhood, situated in the
Historic Peninsula of Istanbul is being
depopulated through a gentrification project
implemented by the Metropolitan and Fatih
municipalities of Istanbul. As it stands, the
project, promoted as an "urban renewal" is in its
last phase. In February 2008 the demolishing of
the houses will be started.
Despite the efforts of the local people, of the
Sulukule Association for the Enrichment of Roma
Culture and for Solidarity, of the academicians
from several universities, and of the NGO's, the
project is developed by local authority under
non-transparent conditions, without consulting
the community and without considering their
demands, needs and feedback.
The alleged "urban renewal project" is a
reconstruction plan which involves the complete
demolition of the current neighbourhood, home to
more than 3000 Roma, and its replacement with
housing which is unaffordable for most of the
original inhabitants. The Roma will be forcibly
moved from their 1000 year-old historical
neighborhood to an area 40km outside the city.
Moreover, as the municipality wants them to pay
for the public housing they will receive, this
forcible move is accompanied by a debt obligation
that they will not be able to meet.
Because it will evict the Roma of their home,
annihilate and assimilate the Roma culture in
Istanbul, the project needs to be stopped. Your
support is crucial to carry out this feat.
The 1000 year-old home of the Roma
The Roma first came to Istanbul from India in the
11th century when the city was still the capital
of the Byzantine Empire. And they spread around
the World from here. Following the conquest of
the city by the Ottomans in 1453 and with the
permsson of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, they
were settled near the city walls in the Sulukule
as well as in the nearby Ayvansaray
neighborhoods. For hundreds of years, Sulukule
acted as a pilgrimage location for Roma from all
over the world. It is one of the most important
cultural centers of Roma music and dance as it
continues to be a crucial worldwide resource for
training musicians and dancers.
Your support is needed for the cessation of the "urban renewal project"
The Sulukule urban renewal project is a
non-transparent non-participatory project.
It is against the clauses of the Convention for
the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
It is implemented in the buffer zone of the
ancient land walls of Istanbul, which are on the
World Heritage list. As such, it fails to abide
by the principles of the Vienna Memorandum and
the Convention regarding the Protection of the
World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
To help prevent the forced exile of the Sulukule Roma,
To protect the historical and cultural values of
Istanbul, which are on the World Heritage List,
Please express your objection to this project by
writing to the following officials,
President of Turkey
e-mail: cumhurbaskanli_i at tccb.gov.tr
Recep Tayyip Erdo_an
The Prime Minister of Turkey
Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey
T.C. Kultur ve Turizm Bakanligi
Ataturk Bulvari No. 29
e-mail: ertugrul.gunay at kulturturizm.gov.tr
Mayor of Istanbul
Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye Baskanligi
e-mail: baskan at ibb.gov.tr
Mayor of the Fatih district of Istanbul
Büyük Karaman Cad.
e-mail: mustafademir at fatih.bel.tr
Hacer Foggo (hacerfoggo at gmail.com)
Derya Nüket Özer (deryanuket at gmail.com)
Viki Ciprut Izrail ( vikichco. at hotmail.com )
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