29 Mayıs 2009 Cuma

Fransa'da Lille'de Sulukule - Çalınan Yer- Sergisi açıldı

Bu hafta mahallede yıkım devam etti

Çarşamba ve Perşembe günleri mahallede polis eşliğinde yıkımlar devam etti.

Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Kongresi'ndeki Helsinki Komisyonu, İstanbul Sulukule'deki yıkımı kınadı.



WASHINGTON - Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Kongresi'ndeki Helsinki Komisyonu'nun eşbaşkanı Senatör Ben Cardin, Sulukule'nin buldozerlerle yıkılmasının, Romanlara saygısızlık olduğunu ve İstanbul'un tarihinin bir bölümünü sildiğini söyledi.

Amerikan Kongresi'ndeki Helsinki Komisyonu'nun eşbaşkanları Senatör Ben Cardin ve milletvekili Alcee Hastings, Sulukule'nin buldozerlerle yıkılması üzerine yazılı açıklamalar yayınladı.

İki eşbaşkan, Sulukule'nin 1054 yılından bu yana İstanbul'daki Romanlar için ev niteliğini taşıdığını kaydetti.


WASHINGTON—Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), today released the following statements upon reports that the Turkish government completed the demolition of Sulukule, a suburb of Istanbul that has been home to the Roma minority since 1054.

“The bulldozing of Sulukule this week by the Turkish government shows a lack of regard for the Romani people, and sadly erases a centuries old fixture of Istanbul’s history,” Cardin said. “The Turkish government should adequately compensate the Romani families and provide alternative housing to keep the community united now that their historic neighborhood is gone.”

“We are deeply concerned about the pattern of housing dislocation Roma are experiencing in numerous countries, brought on by everything from flooding to armed conflict to pure discrimination. When Roma are removed from their homes, often with no adequate alternatives, they are disconnected from schools, health care and a host of other public services, and get sucked even deeper into a vortex of poverty – with predictable and disastrous consequences for families,” Hastings said.

“The destruction of Sulukule to make way for new, higher-priced, villa-style homes that Roma could not afford to purchase is especially regrettable because it occurs at a place this Romani community has called home for nearly 1,000 years,” Cardin added.

The unfortunate outcome of this so-called urban renewal project is not only the destruction of this historic neighborhood, but the forcing of 3,500 Sulukule residents 40 kilometers outside of the city to the district of Tasoluk or onto the streets.

“We urge all OSCE participating States to honor the commitments adopted at the 1999 Istanbul Summit and in other OSCE documents to ensure Roma are treated with dignity and respect,” said Co-Chairmen Cardin and Hastings.

20 Mayıs 2009 Çarşamba

[Roma Daily News] Turkish bulldozers raze 1,000 years of Rom history

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Turkish bulldozers raze 1,000 years of Rom history

by Nicolas Cheviron

Ferdi Celep sat on a sofa surrounded by the debris of his life, watching city workers empty clothes and furniture from a row of two dozen colourful houses huddled against the Byzantine battlements of Istanbul's old city.

Within hours, the last remnants of a thousand years of Rom history were wiped out by bulldozers.

Anti-riot police supervised this final phase last week of the demolition of Sulukule, a neighborhood on the European bank of Istanbul once home to a vibrant community of musicians and artists whose rhythmic songs and belly dancing served as the city's musical heart.

Similar scenes have been repeated across the country as municipalities, supported by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), drive home a programme of urban renewal, destroying ramshackle and often unsanitary housing in favour of new tower blocks, often many kilometers (miles) outside localities.

But the demolition of Sulukule caused controversy as it razed an ancient community of Rom gypsies who can trace their history in the suburb back to Byzantine times.

"A big thank you to the municipality," said Celep, who is unemployed.

"Thanks to them I will sleep on the street with my wife, my new-born child and the four-year-old. We have no where to go."

City officials in the Fatih district, run by mayor Mustafa Demir from the AKP, estimate the project will relocate about 3,500 people from Sulukule -- 1,300 of them Roms -- and replace their old housing with fancy, wood-panelled "Ottoman style" buildings.

The demolition, begun at the end of 2006, will wipe out "hovels you wouldn't dump coal in," according to the mayor.

However local activist Hacer Foggo of a group called the Sulukule Platform estimates that closer to 5,000 people, the bulk of them members of the minority, are being displaced, and all to benefit the ruling party and its allies.

"Who is going to buy the houses that they will build here? It will be the profiteers, those close to the AKP," she said. "The idea is to expel the poor from the city centre and put the rich in their place."

Turkish media reported a few months ago that several AKP members and figures close to the party were allegedly among the prospective buyers of the new houses.

Foggo said the resettlement will break up a community that has survived through centuries thanks to a tradition of solidarity and mutual aid.

"Here at least everyone knew each other, the rent was very low and the local grocer always gave you credit," she added.

Sulukule welcomed generations of residents from other parts of Istanbul who came for music, booze and belly dancing before a ban in the 1990s by conservative governments shut its colorful neighbourhood taverns.

Some meanwhile insist the redevelopment of Sulukule amounts to more than the disappearance of one of the most picturesque parts of this sprawling city of more than 12 million that has served as the capital of three empires -- Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.

It means the end of a millennia of history, according to British researcher Adrian Marsh, a specialist on the Roms of Turkey.

Sulukule was the oldest known settlement in the world of Nomadic Roms, said Marsh, first mentioned by a Byzantine scribe in 1054.

His writings speak of "Egyptians" living in black tents along the fortress walls and eking out an existence thanks to their belly dancers, fortune tellers and dancing bears, Marsh said.

After Constantinople -- as it was then known -- fell to the Turks in 1453, Sulukule's dancers and musicians became fixtures of the opulent nights at the Ottoman court.

"Demolishing Sulukule is not the same as demolishing just any other gypsy slum, the way it happens all over Turkey and Europe," said Marsh.

"It is the annihilation of the memory of an entire community."

13 Mayıs 2009 Çarşamba


fotoğraf Najla Osseiran

fotoğraf Cihan Baysal
Sabahın erken saatlerinde Sulukule'ye Çevik Kuvvet eşliği ile giren belediye ekipleri, Sulukule'ye son darbeyi vuruyor... İçinde halen insanların yaşadığı evler, eşyalarıyla birlikte yıkılıyor.....oysa bu aileler belediyenin kendilerine yer göstermesi için verdikleri dilekçeye yanıt bekliyorlardı ve belediyeden bu konuda söz almışlardı...çocuklar her gün okula devam ediyorlardı....Sokakta kalan aileler için Çadırlara ihtiyaç var.

12 Mayıs 2009 Salı

Zabıtalar kapı kapı dolaşıp kağıt dağıttılar

Çok sayıda zabıta memuru, ev ev, sokak sokak dolaşarak, protokole, kanuna ve projeye değinen, geriye kalan ailelere akşama kadar evlerinden ayrılmalarını bildiren yazılar dağıttılar.

9 Mayıs 2009 Cumartesi

Hafriyat'ta Sulukule sergisi 6 Mayıs'ta açıldı. Sergi 31 Mayıs'a kadar gezilebilir.


fotoğraflar : Kıvılcım Çağlıer

İstanbul 2010 gözden geçirme toplantısı ve Unesco'nun denetleme ziyareti

Nisan ayının üçüncü haftası Brüksel'de İstanbul 2010 AKB projeleri gözden geçirildi. Çalışmalar hakkında detaylı bilgi edinemedik. Sulukule'nin gündeme alınmış olması gerekiyordu.

Unesco Nisan ayının son haftası İstanbul'da gerçekleştirilen projeleri denetledi. Ekip denetleme programında STK buluşmalarına çok az yer verdi. İstanbul 2010 ofisinde yapılan toplantıda STOP'un hazırlamış olduğu alternatif proje hakkında bilgi aldılar. Unesco'nun denetleme raporunda Sulukule'ye nasıl yer vereceğini merakla bekliyoruz.