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Iraq’s Water Resources are Not for Sale
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Iraq’s Water Resources are Not for Sale

Recently a post was published on Facebook by Dr. Hasan-Al-Janaby, an Iraqi academic and expert on water issues, in which he expresses his view of Iraq’s relationship with Turkey over the region’s water resources, and the dangers posed by Ilisu and other large dams: The post was written in response to a publication by Azzam...

Results of the review session of Iraq on the Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights
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Results of the review session of Iraq on the Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights

The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign presented a shadow report covering the water situation in Iraq as part of the reviewing process of Iraq’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights. The report was titled: “The Ilisu dam and its impact on human rights in Iraq: and the Iraq government’s...

The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River
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The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River

Chatham House The Euphrates’ existing resource security challenges have been compounded by upheaval in Syria and Iraq. Without urgent attention, stresses on the river’s resources will add to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis created by the conflict. The Euphrates River is of critical importance for water, food and energy security in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Flowing south-east...

Draught, and misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia
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Draught, and misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

By Nadia Al Baghdadi A paper prepared for the ICSSI conference “”promoting dialogue and reconciliation, working for peaceful coexistence, and opportunities for international solidarity with Iraqi civil society” 27-29 October 2014, Oslo. On the 14th of March 2012, a petition was released all over the world, directed to The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, to...

The Unity of Water
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The Unity of Water

MOSCOW – Project Syndicate In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on August 17, the convention will enter into force. The fact that it took almost 50 years to draft and finally achieve the...

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Policy Paper: Ilisu Dam and Legal Considerations in Iraq

The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign presents its Policy Paper that analyzes Turkey’s violations of international law related to the construction of the Ilisu dam and outlines actions that the Iraqi government can take according to international law. Policy Paper Presented to the Iraqi Government on the legal possibilities available to Iraq to respond...

Another Year Fighting Against Ilisu Dam
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Another Year Fighting Against Ilisu Dam

A Year Review of the Save the Tigris Campaign Johanna Rivera, 16 January 2014 For the last year, the Save the Tigris Campaign has been actively working to raise awareness about the negative impacts of Ilisu dam, one of 22 dams built in Turkey on the Tigris River. The campaign gathers organizations form Turkey, Iraq and...

International Activists meet in Baghdad to Discuss Legal Strategies to Protect the Tigris River
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International Activists meet in Baghdad to Discuss Legal Strategies to Protect the Tigris River

Baghdad, 26 September 2013 Once the cradle of civilizations and agricultural haven, now Iraq’s land has dried significantly mostly due to man-made causes. For the past 20 years upstream dams in the Euphrates have reduced Iraq’s water income. Now the most important water lifeline in the country, the Tigris River, is being threatened by the...