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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Civil Society Organizations protest ECHR decision on Hasankeyf

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Article in Turkish:

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/cevre/1272637/Sivil_Toplum_Orgutleri__AiHM_kararini_Hasankeyf_te_protesto_etti.html#

Mesopotamia Water Forum – Registration deadline and new paper

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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:

https://www.savethetigris.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Paper-Challenge-B-Dams-FINAL-to-be-published.pdf

European Court for Human Rights rejects appeal for conserving Hasankeyf – an act of ignorance and irresponsibility

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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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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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National Geographic Story on Ilisu/Hasankeyf

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In its November 2018 issue the world known magazine National Geographic published a good story on the destructive Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project which plans to flood the 12.000 town Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley.

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Documentary on Hasankeyf in German TV ARD

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The first TV channel in Germany ARD has published a good documentary on Hasankeyf. Its in German and can be watched at:

https://www.daserste.de/information/politik-weltgeschehen/europamagazin/videos/tuerkei-hasankeyf-staudamm-video-100.html

Bresser’s conduct in last year’s relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb did not comply with OECD Guidelines

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*** The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive *** Hasankeyf Matters *** FIVAS – The Association for International Water Studies ***

Press Release, 20 August 2018

Summary

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.

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The Artuklu Bath has also “relocated” – media news

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ARTI GERÇEK, 6.8.2018:

Link: https://www.artigercek.com/haberler/650-yillik-artuklu-hamami-tasiniyor

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Ilısu Barajı altında kalacak olan Hasankeyf ilçesinde bulunan Artuklu Hamamı, Hasankeyf Yeni Kültürel Park Alanı’na taşındı. Daha önce de Zeynel Bey Türbesi taşınmıştı. Read the rest of this entry »

Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir has not yet started – Drought in Iraq has other reasons

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Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Hasankeyf Matters

Press statement, 11.06.2018

On June 1, 2018 news began to circulate that the impoundment of the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of the Republic of Turkey had started. The Turkish State Water Works (DSI) announced that with the closing of the first valves of the three diversion tunnels the filling of the reservoir had begun. This development overlapped with urgent news from Iraq, where the Tigris River had fallen to historically low levels. This situation has resulted in discussions that have become even more urgent in Iraq than discussion of the recent elections.Hasankeyf-Action_2017-09-23_4 Read the rest of this entry »

Open Letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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by: Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ The Corner House +++ Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

to:Rt Hon. Theresa May MP

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

The Ilisu Dam and Turkey’s use of water as a weapon of war

April 28, 2018

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