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Fresh Calls for Delay in Commissioning Sivand Dam


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 07 November 2005



Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav - A number of Iranian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) affiliated to various entities have called on the Islamic Regime’s authorities to delay the commissioning of Sivand Dam which is posing a threat to the pre-Islamic Iranian heritage in Bolaghi Valley, Fars province.

The NGOs which include the Association of Culture of Iran Territory (Afraz), Association of Arya of the Medical Faculty of Tehran University, Association of Graduates of Neishabor Foundation (Tehran), Kaveh Ahangar, Kohandej (Hamedan), Tufa (Shushtar), Mehr-Ayeen (Ramhormoz), Centre for Development of Greater Iran, Court of Love (Bargah-e Mehr) in Isfahan, and Pars Youth Association in Shiraz. The NGO spokeswoman said in a statement that filling the dam’s reservoir will threaten the historical Bolaghi Valley as well as cultural heritage sites in the vicinity of the recently-built dam.

“The rise in humidity after the commissioning of the dam will also be harmful for Pasargadae monuments,“ said a statement released by the NGOs.

They called on Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation to oblige the regime’s Ministry of Energy to stop filling the dam.

They cited the Egyptian dam at Aswan for which UNESCO dispatched experts and about 70 teams of archaeologists to document the cultural heritage and called on ICHTO to put pressure on the Ministry of Energy to implement similar plan at Bolaghi Valley.

The statement said it is unacceptable to conduct a trial and error approach in dealing with cultural heritage sites.


Since 1979 and rise of Islamic regime to power, pre-Islamic Iranian cultural heritage is facing almost unquantifiable damages. There are currently 85 dams under construction across Iran, part of a programme that the Islamic regime promotes in the name of modernisation. What has emerged thus far may just be the tip of the iceberg as the clerics in power seem set to obliterate the entire pre-Islamic Iranian cultural heritage.  The Islamic regime's cultural cleansing could simply be coined as the "Cultural Holocaust". This "Cultural Holocaust", which in a way is the "cultural terrorism" by the fundamentalist regime in Tehran has received no media coverage in the West.






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