Statement by the Hasankeyf Coordination
The filling of the controversial Ilisu Dam continues despite the ongoing strong critic and protests by the affected communities along the Tigris River and civil society organizations from all over Turkey. Almost two weeks ago the raising dam reservoir has reached the 12,000 years old town Hasankeyf which is one of the most magnificent cultural and natural heritage sites at our planet. The planned “apocalypse” by the Turkish government is becoming slowly reality!
The filling of the Ilisu Dam Reservoir continues and has reached Hasankeyf town. If not stopped immediately the filling Hasankeyf would be flooded in the next weeks. Following recent pictures from Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley!
Images from the first day of destruction of Hasankeyf city centre. 4.11.2019
The Turkish government aims to destroy the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf and the entire Tigris Valley through the Ilisu Dam project, which only has an economic lifespan of 50 years. We would like to borrow the sentence of a Roman poet “De te fabula narratur” (What is told is your story) and transform it into “What is set to be destroyed is your history”. A site where you can find the footprints of many people of this world is threatened with extinction. The cry rising from Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley is growing daily.
Save 12,000 years old Hasankeyf!
Artists of the Paris based group ‘Compagnie bien à vous Armanc Kerborani’ do an urgent call to the planned destruction of the 12.000 years old city of Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in the Kurdistan region of Turkey. Today at 2 pm the members of the group, which painted their bodies, gathered at the entrance of the UNESCO center in Paris. One of the member chained itself to the gates of the UNESCO building. They called the UNESCO to act for Hasankeyf which is magnificient and outstanding cultural and natural heritage of this world!
On the 28.09.2019 there will be organized a cultural event in Istanbul for Hasankeyf and Tigris River. It starts at 5 pm with theatre, exhibitions and stalls and continues at 7 pm with a concert. The singers of the concert will be Ali Doğan Gönültaş, Ayfer Düzdaş, Cem Erdost İleri, Defjen, Merih Aşkın, Metin Kahraman, Taylan Yıldız, Ümit Taşkıran and others. Location is Yoğurtçu Park, Kadıköy, Istanbul.
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.
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.
Letter to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP by Julie Ward MEP, Prof Felix Padel and Henry Books, Kurdish Solidarity Cymru
See letter further down and here: https://www.julieward.org.uk/human-rights/2019/07/29/julies-letter-to-the-foreign-secretary-regarding-the-illisu-dam-turkey/