Press Statement, 16.09.2019
On 14th September 2019 many people from Turkey, Europe and other countries have joined the Global Action Day “Sing, play, paint or do something for Hasankeyf”. Once more they all stated “It is not too late for Hasankeyf” and stood with performances and actions for saving Hasankeyf and the Tigris River which are threatened by the controversial Ilisu Dam Project.
Here are selected images and videos from the action day:
Satellite images from 7.9.19 show that the Ilisu Dam Reservoir is growing. It affects already one third of the planned Tigris River stretch to be flooded. At least 20 villages have been flooded. If this continues the dam reservior will achieve soon Hasankeyf and will increase the ecological, social and cultural destruction. The struggle against this project of destruction, exploitation and hegemony continues. We call on everybody to join the Global Hasankeyf Action Day on 14th September!
Ilısu Dam body area
A comprehensive on the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project, one of the most controversial dam projects worldwide, has been published by the Hasankeyf Coordination (Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive is part of it) has been published in Turkish language.
Access to the report in pdf format: Ilisu_Rapor_2019-08
Om 2nd September 2019 a group of activists gathered at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin in order to protest the ongoing destruction of nature and ecological life in all parts of the Republic of Turkey. Hasankeyf was mentioned besides the Ida mountains and the Munzur (Dersim) region.
Do not close Hasankeyf to public! Stop Ilisu Dam!
Once more we say “It is not too late for Hasankeyf” and call on to stand with actions for Hasankeyf and the Tigris River which are threatened by the Ilisu Dam Project. All people and organizations in favor of life, nature and culture are called to join the Global Action Day “Sing, play, paint or do something for Hasankeyf” on 14th September 2019. It is urgent to act with all our energy and creativity for this outstanding heritage and value; the Turkish government has started to fill the Ilisu Dam reservoir and it declared to close Hasankeyf for the public on 8th October 2019.
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.
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’.