The fire that broke out in the ancient city of Hasankeyf in Batman yesterday could be put out late at night. Speaking to bianet, activists from Hasankeyf have asked why helicopters were not involved in the firefighting efforts.
25 bar associations from all over Turkey gathered in Hasankeyf today and requested not to flood Hasankeyf and to stop the Ilisu Dam Project. An important contribution to stop this project of destruction, exploitation and hegemony!
Following a call by the Initiative to Keep Alive (HYG) and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (MEM) for the “Big Jump” ecology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey and the world protested the controversial Ilisu Dam on the 14th of July. This action day (“Big Jump” is an int’l action day since 2002) is the continuation of the growing activities of the last 1,5 months against the Ilisu Dam which is almost ready for the filling of its reservoir. So in the actions in more than 25 places the participants requested the immediate stop of the mega dam which would also devastate the Tigris region along the Tigris also in Iraq.
Below are pictures from the Big Jump done on the 14th July for Hasankeyf and Tigris:
On the 13th July 2019 a group of three artists from the Compagnie Bien a Vous Armanc Kerboranî from Paris (Juan-Golan Elibeg, Thomas Lamouroux ve Aurélie Gerardine) and the Kurdish painter Zehra Dogan organized a performance in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin. The motivation was to draw attention on Hasankeyf and request from the Pergamon Museum to do a call against the flooding of Hasankeyf. Visitors showed big interest in the action which raised big interest also in the media.
In Istanbul several civil society organizations have founded the “Hasankeyf Coordination” in order to coordinate the activities for Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley in the West of Turkey better and stronger.
(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.