(Türkçe) “Hasankeyf için hala umut var”

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New satellite images show big dimension of the fire in Hasankeyf from 21.07.2019

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Two new satellite images show how large is the dimension of the fire in Hasankeyf, happened on 21.07.2019. The Turkish government has not given a permission to the chamber of engineers and architects from Batman province to do an independant investigation.

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Letter to UK Foreign Secretary: The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture

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Dear Foreign Secretary,

Over the past two decades, we have written to your predecessors on numerous occasions (most recently on 10 June 2019) to express our grave concerns over the adverse environmental, social and geopolitical impacts of the Ilisu Dam on the River Tigris in Turkey, which is now nearing completion.

You will recall that in 2001 the UK construction company Balfour Beatty, which had been seeking UK  export credit support for the project, withdrew from the project after parliamentarians, experts and non-governmental organisations had expressed their opposition.  Since then, other EU companies have also withdrawn due to environmental, human rights, cultural heritage and other concerns.

Despite this strong international opposition, mirrored domestically, the Turkish government has now commenced filling the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey without giving any official warning to those still living in the area. Neither the state agency responsible for the dam, the State Hydraulic Works (DSI), nor any other governmental institution has made a statement on the flooding of the reservoir, although the DSI has informally acknowledged that it has initiated a ‘test filling’. 

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(Türkçe) Tekrarlıyoruz: Hasankeyf İçin Geç Değil!

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Save the Tigris Campaign: Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam

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Destroying cultural heritage, threatening regional stability

Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam

Statement by Save the Tigris Campaign, 29-07-2019
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Despite strong domestic and international opposition, the Turkish government has commenced filling the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey without giving any official warning to those still living in the area.
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Art performance in the Vatican for Hasankeyf

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Art performance in the Vatican: Save 12,000 years old Hasankeyf! Stop Ilisu Dam!

Artists of the group ‘Compagnie bien à vous Armanc Kerborani’ are drawing attention to the planned destruction of the historic city of Hasankeyf. With the support of Zehra Dogan (artist and journalist), the group gave recent performances in Paris at the Louvre Museum under the Pyramid on Thursday, 27 June 2019 and in Berlin at the Pergamum Museum in front of the Gate of Ishtar on Saturday, 13 July 2019.

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Today, they performed in Rome, in the Vatican, a place that many consider the heart of the Christian church. See link for video: https://www.facebook.com/akdogan.juan/videos/10156792362128043/?t=243

At the end of the video police intervenes and detained the artists! But they have been released after 2 hours.

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Filling of Ilisu Dam has started! Join the resistance with the “Hasankeyf Watch”!

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The Turkish government has started filling the controversial Ilisu Dam Reservoir on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. We call on all people and organizations to stand against this act of destruction. Join or visit the Hasankeyf Watch in the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf!

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“Why Didn’t They Intervene in Hasankeyf Fire with Helicopters?”

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The fire that broke out in the ancient city of Hasankeyf in Batman yesterday could be put out late at night. Speaking to bianet, activists from Hasankeyf have asked why helicopters were not involved in the firefighting efforts.

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25 bar associations in Hasankeyf call on the government to stop Ilisu Project!

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25 bar associations from all over Turkey gathered in Hasankeyf today and requested not to flood Hasankeyf and to stop the Ilisu Dam Project. An important contribution to stop this project of destruction, exploitation and hegemony!

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18.07.2019