view of Sivand Dam
first time a session was held in number ninth branch of Tehrans
public court to study the file of Sivand Dams complainants.
Tehran, 4 July 2007 (CHN Foreign Desk) The first trail session
for studying the file of peoples complaint against Irans
Minister of Power and President of Irans Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts,
and Tourism Organization for flooding of Sivand Dam in Iranian Fars
province was held yesterday in number 9th branch of Tehrans public
court with presence of the lawyer of the file and a number of representatives
of NGOs and cultural heritage experts.
Studying the file of complainants of Sivand Dam has been started by
the court in a status that more than 5 months have been passed since
opponents of Sivands Dam inundation have filed a complaint to
the court. This is while the inundation of the dam has already been
started from the beginning of Iranian new year (about March). Filing
this complaint was made in an attempt to stop the inundation of Sivand
Dam. However, unfortunately we have already lost a four months opportunity
in this regard, said Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, lawyer of Sivand Dams
According to Dadkhah, taking into account that according to regulations
of legal department of Irans Judiciary Official, and the 8th article
of Irans Constitution, each complaint case which have something
to do with national interest and dealing a blow to cultural heritage
is considered as a religious commands and is regarded as a governments
duty towards people and vise versa, which is why this complaint has
been submitted to Irans justice department for further study.
The news about construction of Sivand Dam in Bolaghi Gorge near Pasargadae
World Heritage site in Iranian Fars province raised many concerns among
cultural heritage enthusiasts both inside and outside Iran who are worry
about the potential negative side effects of this dam on the Tomb of
Cyrus the Great, the Achaemenid king.
In this complaint, Cyrus the Great has been introduced as the savor
of human beings whose noble name has been mentioned in the Holy Scriptures.
Mentioning that the Cylinder of Cyrus the Great has been translated
into different languages in the United Nations as the worlds first
charter of human rights, the complainants have asked in their complaint
to pay more attention to this world heritage site.
This complaint was signed by some 2100 components who have obviously
voiced their opposition with inundation of Sivand Dam. During this session,
a number of environment enthusiasts also expressed their concern about
the negative effects of this dam on the ecosystem of the region.
The file has been revisited in the next court session which will be
held on next week during which the court will make a judge about the