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Heritage before Hydropower: Petition to UNESCO on Ilisu Dam launched

(Zurich, Berlin, Vienna – 14.3.2012) On the occasion of today’s International Day of Action for Rivers an international coalition of environmental and human rights organisations launches a petition to UNESCO to become active in protecting potential World Heritage Sites which are under threat due to the construction of the Ilisu Dam in Turkey. For the first time initiatives from Turkey, Iraq and Iran engage jointly in the protection of their natural and cultural heritage. Read more

Protest against Ilisu dam continues: Villagers from Hasankeyf block Tokapi Palace in Istanbul

Villagers' protest at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace draws attention to impending loss of World Heritage in their hometown

Planned Ilisu dam will inundate 12,000-year history including the ancient town of Hasankeyf

Press Release by Doga Dernegi - the Turkish Nature AssociationRead more

New Report on human rights violations by dams in Turkey

Potsdam, 15.3.2011 – A new report by organisations from Germany and Turkey reveals the huge extent to which Turkish dam policy violates human rights. Read more

Declaration of Temaca

Rivers for Life, not for death!Read more

Protest Camp in Hasankeyf

October, 15th 2010. From October 11th until next Sunday, October 17th a
protest camp has been set up on the banks of the Tigris river in the
antique town of Hasankeyf in South-Eastern Turkey. Approximately 150
people, mostly from the surrounding region, come to the camp every day.
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Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp: 11 to 17 October 2010

The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive calls for participation in the Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp from October 11 - 17, 2010.Read more

Ilisu construction restarted without permission

(13/11/2009) Construction work has restarted on the controversial Ilisu Dam in Turkey, despite the project lacking the appropriate permits.Read more

European Governments Officially Announce Withdrawal

Berlin, 7.7.2009 – The governments of Germany, Austria and Switzerland today officially announced their withdrawal from the Ilisu project on the Tigris river in Turkey. Turkey’s efforts to build the controversial dam have thus failed for the second time. Environmental and human rights organisations have welcomed the decision as a breakthrough in their campaign to stop the project and to push for higher standards for export guarantees.
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