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 Since then, other EU companies have also withdrawn due to environmental, human rights, cultural heritage and other concerns.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’.
(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)
Article in Turkish:
The Mesopotamian Water Forum (MWF) will be organized in the Sulaymaniyah (Silemanî) University between April 6-8, 2019!
To participate in the MWF, please register before 15 March 2019. While registering you can also submit a workshop on day 2 of the Forum. Workshops are self-organized but space and equipment will be available.
Find here registration link in five languages: https://www.savethetigris.org//international-mesopotamian-water-forum/
The first of the three main papers have been published. Ercan Ayboga analyzes in its paper “Policy and Impacts of Dams in Tigris and Euphrates River Basin” the background of dam construction with the impacts and political implications. See here:
European Court for Human Rights rejects appeal for conserving Hasankeyf – an act of ignorance and irresponsibility
Press Statement, 21.02.2019
Today the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected the appeal for conserving the archaeological site Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris Valley which is threatened by the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project in the Kurdistan region of Turkey. The ECHR has argued that there is not an universal individual right of access to cultural heritage in the convention of the European Convention on Human Rights agreed between the member states. Thus the court unanimously ruled that the appeal is inadmissable.
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Bresser’s conduct in last year’s relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb did not comply with OECD Guidelines
*** The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive *** Hasankeyf Matters *** FIVAS – The Association for International Water Studies ***
Press Release, 20 August 2018
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.
ARTI GERÇEK, 6.8.2018:
See article of the Financial Times on the Ilisu Project from July 4, 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.
Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon
Stop Land Degradation in Western Iran