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.