Bresser’s conduct in last year’s relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb did not comply with OECD Guidelines

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*** The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive *** Hasankeyf Matters *** FIVAS – The Association for International Water Studies ***

Press Release, 20 August 2018

 

Summary

The Dutch NCP for the OECD Guidelines has concluded that Bresser, a small to medium-size Dutch enterprise, has not fully met the expectations and satisfied the due diligence criteria of the OECD Guidelines.” in the project to relocate the Zeynel Bey Tomb, in Hasankeyf, in Southeastern Turkey. The tomb is a late-15th-century monument of extraordinary cultural value and a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Its relocation impacts the human right to culture of the affected people. Companies of all sizes are expected to consider and minimize the potential impact of their activities on human rights.

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Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir has not yet started – Drought in Iraq has other reasons

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Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Hasankeyf Matters

Press statement, 11.06.2018

On June 1, 2018 news began to circulate that the impoundment of the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of the Republic of Turkey had started. The Turkish State Water Works (DSI) announced that with the closing of the first valves of the three diversion tunnels the filling of the reservoir had begun. This development overlapped with urgent news from Iraq, where the Tigris River had fallen to historically low levels. This situation has resulted in discussions that have become even more urgent in Iraq than discussion of the recent elections.Hasankeyf-Action_2017-09-23_4 Read the rest of this entry »

Open Letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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by: Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ The Corner House +++ Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

to:Rt Hon. Theresa May MP

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

The Ilisu Dam and Turkey’s use of water as a weapon of war

April 28, 2018

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Pictures from Global Actionday for Hasankeyf and Sur

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Here come pictures from the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf and Sur on April 28, 2018

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In 30 cities actions for Hasankeyf and Sur

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+++ Plattform Nein zur Zerstörun von Sur +++ Istanbul Sur Solidaritätsplattform +++ Ökologiebewegung Mesopotamiens +++ Initiative zur Rettung von Hasankeyf +++ Rat Munzur soll frei fließen +++

Diyarbakir (Amed), 28.04.2018

Knapp 30 Städte weltweit beteiligen sich am Globalen Aktionstag für Sur und Hasankeyf am 28. April 2018

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Call for Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day

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THE PLATFORM AGAINST THE DESTRUCTION OF SUR +++ MESOPOTAMIA ECOLOGY MOVEMENT +++ İSTANBUL SUR SOLIDARITY PLATFORM +++ HASANKEYF INITIATIVE +++ LET MUNZUR FLOW FREELY ASSEMBLY

TO THE PRESS AND PUBLIC!

Call for Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day

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Ecology Union founded

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On April 16, 2018 in several cities at the same time the foundation of the “Ecology Union” has been done. After months of preparations 56 organization all over from the Republic of Turkey agreed on principles and coordination for common objectives.

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DW report: Facing eviction, merchants decry Turkey dam project

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A dam nearing completion in southeast Turkey will soon displace residents of an ancient settlement, but many of them will be ineligible for relocation and have been given nowhere to go, reports Diego Cupolo.

Deutsche Welle (DW), 10.04.2018, link: http://www.dw.com/en/facing-eviction-merchants-decry-turkey-dam-project/a-43318344

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Open letter to DSI: Forced eviction of Hasankeyf merchants would violate the universal right to work

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*** The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive *** Hasankeyf Matters *** Fivas – The Association for International Water Studies *** The Corner House *** Riverwatch ***

OPEN LETTER

RE: Forced eviction of Hasankeyf merchants would violate the universal right to work
5 March 2018

To:
Mr. Murat Acu, General Director, State Hydraulic Works (DSI)

Mr. Ali Naci Kösalı, Region 16 Director, State Hydraulic Works (DSI)

Mr. Şehmus Erkan Dursun, Hasankeyf Branch Director, State Hydraulic Works (DSI)

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(Türkçe) Basın Açıklaması: Hasankeyf boşaltılmak isteniyor!

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Sorry, this entry is only available in Türkçe.

Call: „Global Action Day for Hasankeyf and Sûr/Amed“, 28.4.2018

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Stop the destruction of Hasankeyf and Sûr!

We call upon all people and organizations to stand against the destruction of Hasankeyf and Sûr (old town of Amed/Diyarbakir) in North Kurdistan (Southeast of Turkey) in a global action day on April 28, 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

New Documentary on Hasankeyf: “Water’s Date of Death”

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The director Ali Argül has shot a new documentary on the Ilisu Dam Project and the 12.000 years old settlement site Hasankeyf. The 20 minutes film can be watched also with english, Spanish and German subititles. Here are the links for watching:

Original with Kurdish and Turkish subtitles: https://vimeo.com/239534068
English subtitles: https://vimeo.com/245294539
German subtitles: https://vimeo.com/251548911
Spanish subtitles: https://vimeo.com/254026719

NGOs charge Bresser with violating OECD Guidelines in its relocation of Hasankeyf‘s Zeynel Bey Tomb

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+++ The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Hasankeyf Matters +++ FIVAS – The Association for International Water Studies
The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive (HYG), Hasankeyf Matters (HKM) and the Association for International Water Studies, Norway (FIVAS), welcome the recently published Initial Assessment with great anticipation and hope for a constructive dialogue with Bresser. The Initial Assessment outlines the issues of the complaint for further discussion between Bresser and the plaintiffs, which may be facilitated by the Dutch National Contact Point (NCP). The National Contact Point is an independent body tasked with facilitating dialogue and mediation on implementation of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Read the rest of this entry »

Tigris River destroys temporary dam in Hasankeyf

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Floods in the Tigris River have broken the small length dam in Hasankeyf which has been built by the Ilisu consortia for the relocation of monuments and other “destruction” works in Hasankeyf. what a nice day!!!

See News in Turkish: https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/dicle-nehri-hasankeyfte-setleri-yikti-is-makinelerini-yuttu

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