Press Releases

Signature Campaign for Right to Water

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The Water Right Campaign, based in Istanbul and also initiated by us, has started a turkeywide signature campaign for the right to water on the level of local authorities. For signature see:


Ancient city of Hasankeyf in Turkey among the 14 most endangered heritage sites in Europe

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The Hague / Luxembourg, 10 December 2015 – Europa Nostra, the leading
European heritage organisation, and the European Investment Bank
Institute announce today the 14 monuments and sites shortlisted for ‘The
7 Most Endangered’ programme 2016 by an international panel of experts
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Report on Forest Fires

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Report on Forest Fires in North Kurdistan (South East Turkey)


To the international public!

We would like to share a report on the forest fores which occured in North Kurdistan between July and September 2015. An international delegation, which has been established after our call, has investigated these fires which have torched more than 10.000 hectares of forest and additionally fruit and vegetable gardens in dozen of villages.

Here you can download the report and its attachment:



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Big Jump in Hasankeyf!

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Today in Hasankeyf the Big Jump has been organized by us in cooperation with Mesopotamian Ecology Movement. Dozen of people came together with banners and protested the Ilisu Dam.DSC_0059_20150712_Hasankeyf Big Jump

Questions for the parliament candidates

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Today the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has sent a catalogue of questions to the candidates of the four big political parties in five provinces (Batman, Siirt, Diyarbakir, Mardin and Sirnak) which would be affected by the destructive Ilisu Dam. The candidates have been requested to answer until the 2nd of June.

PR: Ilisu Protest action in Dargecit hindered

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A protest action against the Ilisu Dam in the town of Dargecit (Kerboran) is confronted with repression. The youth of DBP (Democratic Regions Party) has started this protest on the 13th of April 2015 in order to raise attention against the ongoing construction of the Ilisu Dam.

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Tunis WSF 2015: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles

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Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle

Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles (Tunis, 28 March 2015) Read the rest of this entry »

Everybody is called to come to Ilisu on March 29

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We will organize a protest action at the Ilisu Dam Site on the 29th of March. Everybody is invited to join us in order to protest the destructive Ilisu Dam Project.

March to Ilisu on 28th March

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We call everybody to join our march to the Ilisu dam construction site on the 28th of March. This call is to everybody who wants to protest the Ilisu dam which would have grave social, ecological and cultural impacts on dozen of thousands of people in the flood area and millions of people in Iraq.

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive and Mesopotamian Ecology Movement

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized

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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.

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Ilisu Dam’s construction may be continued after a 4 month halt!

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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.

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