Press Release, 16.02.2015
With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave political tensions and human rights violation, in spite of the expected dramatic social, cultural and ecological impacts in the affected region.
Press Release, 05.12.2014
The Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI) has announced few days ago that after a four month break that the construction of the highly criticized Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Powerplant Project will continue immediately. If the construction starts again, the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River may be finished next year which would lead to a huge social, cultural and ecological destruction and also a higher political instability.
The following report compares Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris with the UNESCO criteria. According to this scientific report Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris have an outstanding universal value and fulfill 9 of 10 criteria of UNESCO. See report:
For Immediate Release
Thursday, 30th January 2014, Baghdad, Iraq
The international coalition of the “Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign” welcomes the achievement accomplished by the national Iraqi team for the nomination of the Iraqi marshes to the World Heritage Committee, according to the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
Campaign to Save the Tigris River and the Iraqi Marshes
Press Release, 2013-03-22
On occasion of Andritz’s Annual General Meeting which is also the World Water Day, Save the Tigris campaign, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations from Iraq, Iran, Turkey sent a letter to Andritz’s CEO Wolfgang Leitner regarding its involvement in the construction of the Ilisu Dam in Turkey; a controversial project which has failed to comply with basic international law.
Press release, 18.02.2013
We call on the Turkish government to stop the ongoing construction of the Ilisu Dam. On the 7th of January the administrative court of Ankara took the decision to stop all works immediately until an Environmental Impacts Assessment according to Turkish law is done.
Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
Press Release, 11.01.2013
The Turkish Superior Administrative Court ruled on January 7 in favour of the legal case filed by the Chamber of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) against the construction of the Ilisu dam project, ordering an immediate halt to the controversial dam construction in southeast Turkey.
On 13th July 2010 a big rock mass broke out from the bedrock in approximately 100 m east of the small palace at the access region to the rock castle in the antique city Hasankeyf and one person died as a result. After the incident with the joint decision of Governorship of the province Batman, District and Police directorate, the two roads, which goes to the castle from the old bazaar/city and to riverside on the southern side of the Tigris River with many restaurants, have been closed to human and vehicle traffic. Through this decision the most parts of the historical Hasankeyf city can not be accessed any more by public and tourists.