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Come to Hasankeyf for the “Big Jump” into the Tigris River!

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Call to come to Hasankeyf to protest Ilisu Dam on 14th July 2019!

[Until now we got information that solidarity action will be done in: Istanbul, Antalya, Avanos Balıkova, Kızılırmak, Sine/Iran, Baghdad, Sarajevo, Berlin, Hamburg, Mainz, Wendland, München, Nürnberg, London, Dundee/Scotland, Kopenhagen, Manlleu/Catalonia, Rio de Janeiro/Brasil, Rome]

On the second Sunday in July each year, people in Europe and beyond do a “big jump” into rivers and lakes as part of a campaign for the conservation and renaturation of our freshwater ecosystems.

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A Message on Ilisu Dam From Iraqi Civil Society to the Turkish Government

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24 Iraqi groups (see below), July 10, 2019

Humat Dijlah Association (Tigris River Protectors) – the Iraqi partner for Save the Tigris Campaign – and a wide range of Iraqi civil society organizations, movements, and individuals (signed below) address the Turkish Government to abandon the decision to flood the Ilisu Dam because of the serious environmental effects that will affect directly on Iraq. Where the water supply to major cities and Iraqi agriculture will be at the risk of drought. While the process of filling the dam threatens the natural places that have a diverse biological dimension in Iraq, in particular, the Marshlands, which is one of the natural and heritage sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List that is populated by an essential component of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq.

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Istanbul will join also the Big Jump for Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley!

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14th July 2019, 1 pm

In front of the Austrian Embassy in Yeniköy/Sariyer, Istanbul

Organized by the “Hasankeyf Coordination” (@HasankeyfKoord)

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Sign petition: No filling of Ilisu Dam! Save 12,000 Year old Hasankeyf

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We call on you to sign this petition started recently for saving Hasankeyf and Tigris and directed to the Turkish government. Text of the petition is below: Sign here!

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Europa Nostra: It’s not too late to save Hasankeyf!

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At their meetings that were held in Athens on 18-19 June 2019, the Board and Council of Europa Nostra deplored the lack of positive news and developments in Hasankeyf. The present public statement is the result of these discussions and serious concerns. It contains numerous reasons why Europa Nostra strongly believes that the Turkish authorities should refrain from flooding Hasankeyf and its surroundings.

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Artists in Istanbul took stage for Hasankeyf!

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On June 25, 2019 more than 23 artists took the stage in solidarity with Hasankeyf. The event was organized by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive.

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Read the article on the event published by Bianet on June 26, 2019:

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Solidarity concert in Istanbul for Hasankeyf

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This noon in the Avcılar district of İstanbul a solidarity concert with Hasankeyf has been organized. Two groups called Grup Gerduni and Seyr-î Cem took the initiative and invited people and organizations…

Globally 35 actions for Hasankeyf – Ilisu Dam filling postponed!

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Just two days after the 3rd Global Days of Action for Hasankeyf, on 10th June 2019, the news spread that the filling of the Ilisu Dam reservoir has been postponed. The responsible state agency DSI (State Hydraulic Works) declared to several media agencies that due to high river flow at the Ilisu dam site and uncompleted construction work in Hasankeyf and for roads in the affected region, the filling would be done later, probably in July. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture: Open Letter to Jeremy Hunt MP

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Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP
Foreign Secretary
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
Whitehall
London SW1A 2AH

10 June 2019
Dear Foreign Secretary,

 The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture

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Pictures from the 3rd Global Action Day for Hasankeyf

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Here you can find many pictures from the 3rd Global Action held on June 7 and 8 in many cities around the world. More pictures you can find under the hashtag #SaveHasankeyf and #HasankeyfİçinGeçDeğil shared by our Twitter account @hasankeyfdicle.

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Call for 3rd Global Hasankeyf Action Day on June 7-8, 2019!

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18.05.2019 [Spanish and Italien below]

We call on social movements, NGO’s, activists and others in the world to join the 3rd Global Day of Action for the defense of the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on June 7 and 8th, 2019! It is urgent because the Turkish government announced recently that on 10th June 2019 it will start filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Int’l Call: Save Hasankeyf! No filling of the Ilisu Dam Reservoir!

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+++ International Urgent Call to Turkish Government and International Public +++

It‘s not too late to SAVE HASANKEYF and Tigris River!

No filling of the Ilisu Dam Reservoir!

For 12.000 years, Hasankeyf in the Southeast of Turkey has been a site of uninterrupted human settlement. With the labour of dozen of cultures this outstanding universal site has been created on the banks of the Tigris River and adjacent small valleys and hills. Recent excavations show that Hasankeyf lays atop of a deep, uncovered cultural heritage. Independent researchers state that Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris Valley are as important historically as Ephesus, Troy and Cappadocia and fulfill 9 out of the 10 UNESCO criteria for a World Heritage Site. It is assumed that Hasankeyf is the twin of Göbeklitepe, a sanctuary site 225 km to the west with a similar age, which led to global new conclusions on history’s first human settlement. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Declaration of Mesopotamia Ecology Movement: Water is under assault in Mesopotamia

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University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq 6-8 April 2019

Over-extraction; the draining of marshes and wetlands; deforestation; too many irrigation projects, poorly-drained land; pesticides and fertiliser run-off; contamination by poorly or often un-treated discharges from industry as well as households; the widespread building of large and cascade small dams; the increasing exploitation of groundwater aquifers; stream channelization; inter catchment water transfer schemes; and the ravages of fossil-fuel-induced climatic change have variously disrupted hydrological cycles and created conditions of severe local and regional scarcity. For human and non-human beings, such physical scarcities have been exacerbated by policies aimed at commodifying and/or politicising water, denying access to the common good of water.

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PR: Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

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On the evening of the 13th December 2018 one of the three spillway gates of the Dicle Dam at the Tigris River in Turkish-Kurdistan has broken. Since then the water level in more than 200 km downstream river stretch increased up to 6 meters and flooded a big area of land along the river with hundreds of affected settlements. Fortunately nobody died, but the physical and agricultural destruction is enormous and unique for the last decades.
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