Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles (Tunis, 28 March 2015)

We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defence of the rights to land and water, gathered in October 2014 in Dakar at the African Social Forum. We are fighting and protesting against natural resource grabbing, especially water and land grabbing of our Commons, and against the systematic violations of the associated human rights. Sharing our ideas led to acknowledgement of the essential linkage... [Read More...]

Ercan Ayboga’s speech (Right to Water Campaign, Turkey) 

13.04.2015, Alternative Water Forum, Daegu, South Korea Dear participants, activists, first of all I would like to greet you warmly on behalf of the Water Right Campaign from Turkey which has is formed after the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul 2009. I am in South Korea additionally on behalf of the municipality of Diyarbakir, the biggest city in Turkish-Kurdistan. This is not contradictory as Diyarbakir and other cities in my region are ruled mainly... [Read More...]

Waves of privatisation on our coasts: Insights from Turkey

Akgun Ilhan, 7 July 2014, Avgi – Ecotrives, “Turkey is surrounded on three sides by the sea”. This was one of the first statements that we were taught at school. It was presented – in a nationalist fashion – as something to be proud of. With the coastal length of 8333 km (more than 74% of country border) Turkey might be deserving such special emphasis. But what does all this mean for us? Can we enjoy the sea surrounding us,... [Read More...]

Drought in Turkey: A social or a physical phenomenon?

Akgun Ilhan, Turkish Review 4(3), May 2014, Drought, if not anticipated and managed properly, has complex impacts on both nature and society. [Read More…]  Read More →

No Democracy Without Water Justice!

Right to Water Campaign organised, 2 November 2013, a panel and forum under the name “No democracy without water justice! Defending our commons and right to water”. [Read More…]  Read More →

Right to water: From peoples’ rights to rivers’ rights

The world has been facing a severe water crisis. One out three people in the world does not have enough water for meeting his/her basic needs such as drinking and cleaning. [Read More…]  Read More →

Keeping Hasankeyf Alive: Against the Ilisu Dam

 Akgün İlhan We don’t have luxury here but we aren’t hungry either. Besides we live in the most beautiful place on earth. I wouldn’t go anywhere else even if they paid me millions[1]. An inhabitant of the town of Hasankeyf [Read More…]  Read More →

The Campaign “We Demand Right to Water!” started

Right to Water Campaign launched, on 17 October 2012, a nation-wide petition campaign for enforcing the Turkish Government to include “human right to water and sanitation” in the Constitution of the Republic  of Turkey.  [Read More…]  Read More →

Declaration for Another Water Policy in Turkey

We came together in order to promote participatory and democratic practices, to develop alternative models and to share experience and information towards the privatization policies of the water resources and water services of the central government. We believe that the creation of networks (in the aspect of Public-Public Partnerships) on local, national, regional and international levels, which intend to promote the collaboration between local... [Read More...]

Water is a human right, UN says

With a clear majority vote, the United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution to make access to water a basic human right. Access to clean drinking water is now an official basic human right – just like the right to food and the right to live without torture and racial discrimination. The resolution was approved late yesterday by the United Nations General Assembly without opposition. Although the decision does not make the... [Read More...]

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