After decades of construction, the Ilisu dam is almost completed, Hasankeyf is nearing its inundation. Residents of this ancient settlement who are ineligible for relocation have nowhere to go. Merchants of the ancient Silk Road trading post have received eviction notices. Read more in this DW article
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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
Connecting Fish, Rivers and People! The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is an annual global-local event to create awareness for the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. The next World Fish Migration Day is on April 21, 2018. Will you participate? Register your event! Also find the video and brochure.
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.
Recently, a report by a team of international lawyers revealed that the plot to kill anti-dam activist Berta Cáceres went up to the top of the Honduran energy company behind the dam, Desarrollos Energéticos, known as ”DESA.” It demonstrates that energy companies not only get away with ecocide and human rights abuses in connection with dam construction, they even kill human beings with impunity.
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.
One of the ecologically most important habitats in Europe is facing destruction. Slovenia plans to build a chain of eight (!) hydropower dams in the future five-country Biosphere Reserve "Mura-Drava-Danube", the so-called "Amazon of Europe". The decision on the construction of the first dam along the Slovenian Mura at Hrastje-Mota is imminent. Please sign this petition!
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.