See article of the Financial Times on the Ilisu Project from July 4, 2018:
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. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ The Corner House +++ Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
to:Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
The Ilisu Dam and Turkey’s use of water as a weapon of war
April 28, 2018
Here come pictures from the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf and Sur on April 28, 2018
+++ 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
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
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.
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
Open letter to DSI: Forced eviction of Hasankeyf merchants would violate the universal right to work
*** The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive *** Hasankeyf Matters *** Fivas – The Association for International Water Studies *** The Corner House *** Riverwatch ***
RE: Forced eviction of Hasankeyf merchants would violate the universal right to work
5 March 2018
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)
Sorry, this entry is only available in Türkçe.
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 »
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:
+++ 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 »
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
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.