Published by Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive + Mesopotamia Ecology Movement on 18.05.2019
We call on social movements, NGO’s, activists and others in the world to join the 3rd Global Day of Action for the defense of the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on June 7 and 8th, 2019! It is urgent because the Turkish government announced recently that on 10th June 2019 it will start filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir.
On 15th of May, 2019 more than 100 civil organizations from Turkey, Iraq, Iran and other countries of the world released a statement calling on the Turkish government to stop the destructive Ilisu project and initiate a new process in the Tigris Valley. They also called on the civil public to act against the flooding of the Tigris Valley, which would also cause grave damage to downstream regions in Syria, and particularly in Iraq. If completed, the Ilisu Dam will be an incomparable social, cultural and ecological disaster for a big part of Mesopotamia!
On June 7 and 8 actions are planned in dozens of cities in Turkey and across Mesopotamia.
You are invited to organize a public action in your city or country against the Ilisu Project in solidarity. The demands could target the Turkish government, the Austrian company Andritz, which is leading the Ilisu Project consortium, and request the Iraqi government to urgently act against the impending desertification of its region, a matter on which it is strangely silent.
In comparison to former Hasankeyf action days, this time we plan to broaden the variety of action types, including particularly artists. In around one week we will inform you with proposals.
Do not hesitate to contact us or inform us about your planned action.
Hasankeyf is our culture and the Tigris our nature!
New Report on the Ilisu Project and Hasankeyf and the counter campaigns
Herewith we share with you a new report on the current status of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of the Republic of Turkey. It includes the latest developments at the ground and has been prepared for the 3rd Global Day of Action for Hasankeyf on June 7 and 8, 2019 (see below for call).
If not decided yet, we call upon you to join this important global day of action, as the Turkish government has announced the start of filling of the Ilisu Dam reservoir on June 10, 2019. There is still a chance to stop this project of destruction, exploitation and conflicts! It is never too late! Until now in more than 7 states, particularly in Turkey and Iraq, action will be organized!
In around one week we will inform you about the locations and times of the actions and the hashtag with which you can follow the action day.
Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive + Mesopotamia Ecology Movement