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.
Dear Foreign Secretary,
Over the past two decades, we have written to your predecessors on numerous occasions (most recently on 10 June 2019) to express our grave concerns over the adverse environmental, social and geopolitical impacts of the Ilisu Dam on the River Tigris in Turkey, which is now nearing completion.
You will recall that in 2001 the UK construction company Balfour Beatty, which had been seeking UK export credit support for the project, withdrew from the project after parliamentarians, experts and non-governmental organisations had expressed their opposition. Since then, other EU companies have also withdrawn due to environmental, human rights, cultural heritage and other concerns.
Despite this strong international opposition, mirrored domestically, the Turkish government has now 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. Neither the state agency responsible for the dam, the State Hydraulic Works (DSI), nor any other governmental institution has made a statement on the flooding of the reservoir, although the DSI has informally acknowledged that it has initiated a ‘test filling’.
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!