Category: Ilisu

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.

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 Association

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.

New Report on Human Rights Violations by Dams in Turkey

  A press release by CounterCurrent, Doga Dernegi and the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive 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. The

Press Release of the Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp


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.

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.

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.

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.

European governments backing out of Ilisu Dam Project in Turkey

Stop Ilisu Campaign welcomes unprecedented step

(Berlin, Vienna, Zurich – June 22, 2009) Germany, Austria and Switzerland will withdraw their export credit guarantees for the highly controversial Ilisu dam project in Turkey by July 6th, as the German daily Frankfurter Rundschau Online reported on Friday. This is an unprecedented step in the history of export finance. Environmental and human rights organisations had repeatedly pointed out that Turkey violated conditions tied to the guarantees and the environmental, social, cultural and geopolitical problems remained unsolved.