Call to come to Hasankeyf to protest Ilisu Dam on 14th July 2019!
On the second Sunday in July each year, people in Europe and beyond do a “big jump” into rivers and lakes as part of a campaign for the conservation and renaturation of our freshwater ecosystems.
This noon in the Avcılar district of İstanbul a solidarity concert with Hasankeyf has been organized. Two groups called Grup Gerduni and Seyr-î Cem took the initiative and invited people and organizations…
We call on you to sign this petition started recently for saving Hasankeyf and Tigris and directed to the Turkish government. Text of the petition is below: Sign here!
Just two days after the 3rd Global Days of Action for Hasankeyf, on 10th June 2019, the news spread that the filling of the Ilisu Dam reservoir has been postponed. The responsible state agency DSI (State Hydraulic Works) declared to several media agencies that due to high river flow at the Ilisu dam site and uncompleted construction work in Hasankeyf and for roads in the affected region, the filling would be done later, probably in July. Read the rest of this entry »
Several dozen artists from Turkey did a call to save Hasankeyf! See article in Turkish here.
Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH
10 June 2019
Dear Foreign Secretary,
The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture
Here you can find many pictures from the 3rd Global Action held on June 7 and 8 in many cities around the world. More pictures you can find under the hashtag #SaveHasankeyf and #HasankeyfİçinGeçDeğil shared by our Twitter account @hasankeyfdicle.
Hasankeyf Read the rest of this entry »
(the declaration done be the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive and Mesopotamia Ecology Movement has been done in Turkish and will be published in english soon)
18.05.2019 [Spanish and Italien below]
We call on social movements, NGO’s, activists and others in the world to join the 3rd Global Day of Action for the defense of the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on June 7 and 8th, 2019! It is urgent because the Turkish government announced recently that on 10th June 2019 it will start filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir. Read the rest of this entry »
Report on the current status of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project and the counter campaigns
Since its initiation the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project is highly controversial both at the ground at the Tigris in the Kurdistan region of the Republic of Turkey and in whole basin up to the Mesopotamian Marshes in South Iraq. Recently the Turkish government announced recently that on 10th June 2019 it will start filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir which is nearing completion. This paper gives an overview about the expected grave social, cultural and ecological impacts and the ongoing counter struggles at local, regional and international level which have the hope to stop it.
+++ International Urgent Call to Turkish Government and International Public +++
It‘s not too late to SAVE HASANKEYF and Tigris River!
No filling of the Ilisu Dam Reservoir!
For 12.000 years, Hasankeyf in the Southeast of Turkey has been a site of uninterrupted human settlement. With the labour of dozen of cultures this outstanding universal site has been created on the banks of the Tigris River and adjacent small valleys and hills. Recent excavations show that Hasankeyf lays atop of a deep, uncovered cultural heritage. Independent researchers state that Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris Valley are as important historically as Ephesus, Troy and Cappadocia and fulfill 9 out of the 10 UNESCO criteria for a World Heritage Site. It is assumed that Hasankeyf is the twin of Göbeklitepe, a sanctuary site 225 km to the west with a similar age, which led to global new conclusions on history’s first human settlement. Read the rest of this entry »