Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and the Tigris Basin

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Environmental and heritage destruction have accelerated in Turkey’s historic city of Hasankeyf as crews work day and night, seven days a week to collapse vulnerable portions of the cliffs ringing the town and fill in some 200 caves. The work’s stated aim is to reinforce Hasankeyf’s ancient citadel ahead of completion of the Ilısu Dam, which would flood most of the town beneath approximately 60 meters of water. Preparations are also being made to construct a wall to cover the cliff face of the citadel mount. And a new road is being built across the Tigris River to haul equipment and rubble to and from the work site, significantly altering the course of the river and severely reducing its water quality.

 

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Join Petition to Bresser and Er-Bu! Withdrew from relocation project of monuments in Hasankeyf!

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Join a new petition by the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement which requests from the Dutch company Bresser and Turkish company Er-Bu Insaat to withdrew from the relocation project of monuments in Hasankeyf! Download the following file, print it and collect signatures!

The petition will continue until end of November!

Send the collected signatures to: ISKU, Spaldingstr. 130-136, D-20097 Hamburg, Germany!

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Worldwide actions for Hasankeyf! Stop Ilisu Dam!

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Statement on the 2nd Global Hasankeyf Action Day

Today in more than 15 cities actions have been organized against the Ilisu Dam at the Tigris River, one of the most worldwide controversial dams. If completed the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project with its expected grave social, ecological, cultural and downstream impacts would become a large scale disaster.

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(Türkçe) SU OLDUK AKIYOR!!!

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(Türkçe) Gelin Hasankeyf’e, herkes gelsin Hasankeyf’e!

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New report on the Ilisu Project

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On September 11, 2017 the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has published a new report on the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Project. It includes the general description and the current situation of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Powerplant Project. It gives the basics for interested people working politically on the Ilisu Project, one of the most controversial dams worldwide as it would lead to grave social, cultural and ecological impacts in a larger region. To download the report click the following link:

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Call to “2nd Global Action Day” on 23rd September 2017!

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We call activists, social movements, NGO's and all others in the world to join the second global action day for the defense of Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on 23rd September 2017! It is under threat by the Ilisu Project; lets protest this one of most controversial dams in the world!

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The Guardian: Turkey’s 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement faces obliteration

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Work on clearing site for the controversial Ilisu dam on Tigris river threatens collapse of ancient monument famed for thousands of manmade caves.

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PR: Rocks in Hasankeyf destroyed by explosives – Destruction enters new phase

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21.08.2017, Press Release
With the demolition of human formed rocks through explosives in Hasankeyf, the destruction of this 12.000 years old town at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey has entered a new phase. Hasankeyf, more than 300 archaeological sites, 136 km Tigris River stretch and 199 other settlements would be flooded if the construction of the Ilisu Dam – one of the most controversial dams worldwide – would be completed. The recent destruction documented by videos and pictures has drew ire from people and organizations from the region and all over Turkey.

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(Türkçe) Hasankeyf’teki kaya yıkımlarıyla ilgili haberler

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PR: Rocks under destruction in Hasankeyf

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(Türkçe) Cumhuriyet gazetesi: Hasankeyf’te son yaz

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