It is a critical moment for Hasankeyf, with the merchants in something of a standoff with the authorities. In preperation of Hasankeyf's inundation for the Ilisu reservoir, the government has threatened forced eviction as early as within next 7 days. For more details read the text by Hasankeyf Matters
The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive presents a new documentary about the Ilisu Dam Projec. If completed the destructive Ilisu Dam would flood the 12,000 years old town Hasankeyf and a large part of the Tigris River. This 20-min documentary features affected residents speaking about the region’s heritage and what the planned destruction would mean for culture, ten thousands of people and nature.
Read the most recent update of the Initaitive to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: Environmental and heritage destruction have accelerated in Turkey’s historic city of Hasankeyf as crews work day and night, seven days a week to collapse vulnerable portions of the cliffs ringing the town and fill in some 200 caves.
The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has called for the 2nd Global Hasankeyf Action Day on Sep. 23, 2017. On the day in many countries people will do different actions in order to protest the destructive Ilisu Dam which threatens to flood the 12.000 years old town Hasankeyf and 136 km long the Tigris River in the Kurdistan Region of Turkey.
After the relocation of the historic Zeynel Bey Tomb monument, the destruction of 12,000 year old city of Hasankeyf reaches a new level: the demolition through explosives of human formed rocks has recently started. Read the press release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive.
After the historic ‘Zeynel Bey Tomb’ monument in Hasankeyf has been relocated to make way for the Ilisu reservoir, several organisations call upon the Dutch company Bresser to withdraw from the relocation of 9 further monuments. They will hold a protest at the headquarters of Bresser on June 28. in the Netherlands.
It is getting serious for the 650 year old Zeynel Bey Tomb monument. The relocation has started in secret. The government is vigorously trying to prevent the documentation of the preparations for the drowning of Hasankeyf. Read yesterday’s press release of the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: +++ Hasankeyf Matters +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++
Once again, the Initiative to keep Hasankeyf alive together with a coalition of international civil society organisation including Riverwatch, urge the Dutch and Turkish companies responsible for the planned relocation of the 600 year old monument Zeynel Bey Tomb to withdraw from this highly disputed undertaking. This monument of highest cultural importance is to be relocated to allow the inundation of Hasankeyf for the Ilisu dam reservoir. Resistance continues.
Read the latest news about the Ilisu construction from Ercan Ayboga, Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: The construction of the Ilisu Dam and HEPP still continues, currently with an unknown number of workers (probably hundreds). According to a 26 November 2016 statement of Ali Fuat Eker, director of the 16th region of the DSI (State Water Works), 85 % of the project has been completed.