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/
Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam
Statement by Save the Tigris Campaign, 29-07-2019
Despite strong domestic and international opposition, the Turkish government has 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.
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Art performance in the Vatican: Save 12,000 years old Hasankeyf! Stop Ilisu Dam!
Artists of the group ‘Compagnie bien à vous Armanc Kerborani’ are drawing attention to the planned destruction of the historic city of Hasankeyf. With the support of Zehra Dogan (artist and journalist), the group gave recent performances in Paris at the Louvre Museum under the Pyramid on Thursday, 27 June 2019 and in Berlin at the Pergamum Museum in front of the Gate of Ishtar on Saturday, 13 July 2019.
Today, they performed in Rome, in the Vatican, a place that many consider the heart of the Christian church. See link for video: https://www.facebook.com/akdogan.juan/videos/10156792362128043/?t=243
At the end of the video police intervenes and detained the artists! But they have been released after 2 hours.
The Turkish government has started filling the controversial Ilisu Dam Reservoir on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. We call on all people and organizations to stand against this act of destruction. Join or visit the Hasankeyf Watch in the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf!
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.