Target: Ahmet Davutoglu, Prime Minister of Turkey
Goal: Stop the Ilisu Dam that will relocate tens of thousands of people from their homes and destroy thousands of years of history.
Ancient historical sites will be utterly destroyed along with thousands of homes and jobs due to the location of a new dam. The Ilisu Dam construction, which is set to complete by the end of 2015, is one of the most controversial dam projects. The Ilisu Dam project must be stopped to allow the people in the region to continue living peacefully and to preserve the history of the area.
Since much of the area has yet to be explored–many potential historical sights are still undiscovered. If the dam is successfully completed, dam water will drown the ancient town of Hasankeyf and all hope to discover new historical sights in the area will be gone.
The government of Turkey is seeking to implement the dam project to generate more energy for the area. Although energy concerns for the area were considered in the project planning, human rights and environmental conservation of the area were not equally considered. This puts an unfair burden on the people who will need to be evacuated from the area.
Please sign the petition below to urge the Turkish government to abandon the Ilisu Dam Project and work instead on more sustainable methods of producing energy in the area. If the project is not stopped, the people of Hasankeyf will be severely affected and the ancient history of the area will be drowned forever.
Dear Ahmet Davutoglu,
Hearing about the continuation and growth of the Ilisu Dam was quite disturbing. The human rights and environmental conservation of the area were not equally considered when the need for energy sources were considered for the construction of the Ilisu Dam.
The dam project is underway despite concerns raised for the tens of thousands of people in Hasankeyf who will need to be evacuated from the area and the historical sights which will be drowned underwater. Although the evacuees will be lightly compensated for their loss, nothing can compensate for the loss of the people’s livelihoods of farming the area which began numerous generations ago.
Please stop the construction of the Ilisu Dam. If the project is not stopped, the people of Hasankeyf will be severely affected and the ancient sites in the area will be destroyed underwater.
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