Australia admits approving military exports to Turkey

[ANF News Desk, January 22] On 15 October 2019, after Turkey began an offensive in North-East Syria, Australia’s Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was reported as saying: “I’m responsible for Defence exports, and in light of recent developments, I have asked Defence to consult right across government before any new or pending export permits to Turkey are considered. So I’ve asked for a pause. We are reviewing the situation to make sure that we do the right thing.” Continue reading

HDP MP Leyla Güven jailed

[By John Tully] Imagine living in a country ruled by an autocrat who has jailed and detained tens of thousands of political opponents, including 200 elected officials and seven MPs from a legitimate political party, and disbanded 65 local councils and installed pliant puppets in their stead. All this has been made possible by trashing the rule of law, sacking tens of thousands of public servants, judges, magistrates, teachers, and academics, and replacing them with creatures of the ruling party. Continue reading

Stop Turkey killing women!

Help us put an end to the systematic violence against women committed in the Turkish Republic!

Violence against women has risen by more than 1400% in Turkey, where one woman is killed by a male perpetrator every day.

With this campaign we seek to collect 100,000 signatures for 100 reasons to:

  • Expose and draw attention to the familicidal policies of the Erdogan regime;
  • Demand his prosecution;
  • Oppose his use of the law, military and the police for violence and injustice;
  • Advocate for femicide to be an internationally recognised crime against humanity.

Add your signature to our campaign to seek justice against violence!

No tolerance of femicide!

Water for Rojava

[By Peter Boyle] “Nowadays, the Rojava Revolution is under attack, but not only by war,” warns Ercan Ayboga, a Kurdish ecologist and co-author of Revolution In Rojava.

While the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s right-wing government continues to attack the Kurdish-led Rojava Revolution, which has liberated north and east Syria. One of its weapons of war is water. Continue reading

AFK YouTube channel

Australians for Kurdistan now has a YouTube channel. You can click here or search under our name. The inaugural content is the video of the keynote presentations at the May 14 online forum The Kurdish freedom struggle & the COVID-19 crisis.

Forum: The Kurdish freedom struggle & the COVID-19 crisis

Thursday, May 14, 6:30pm

This meeting will be held online via Zoom. Click on the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89902166736

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, the Kurdish people have to struggle not only against the deadly virus but also for their rights against the ongoing attacks of the reactionary regimes and Islamist gangs. This forum looks at what is happening in the liberated zone of Rojava in northern Syria and in the Kurdish homelands in Turkey, Iraq and Iran and the ongoing need for international solidarity.

Speakers:

  • Salih Muslim — Former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in north and east Syria, currently head of the PYD Diplomacy Office
  • Ercan Ayboga — Kurdish ecologist & activist, co-author of Revolution in Rojava
  • Hawzhin Azeez — Kurdish feminist specialising in gender & Middle Eastern studies, currently teaching at the American University in Iraq
  • Suheyla Ahmed — Kurdish activist based in Australia

Organised by Australians for Kurdistan, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society-Australia, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney) & Solidarity with Rojava (WA).

For more information email Australians for Kurdistan. Facebook

How Turkey has got Europe over a barrel

[Sarah Glynn, co-convenor of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, attended the recent conference on ‘The European Union, Turkey, The Middle East and the Kurds’ at the European Parliament, and writes about what she found out.]

Relations between Europe and Turkey demonstrate an unedifying realpolitik in which there are many losers, and the only winners are the usual coterie of financiers, arms manufacturers and authoritarian politicians. Continue reading

Thousands march to free Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

[By Peter Boyle] STRASBOURG, February 20 — Thousands of Kurds and their international supporters converged for a huge march and rally in Strasbourg on February 15 [see photo above], to demand the release of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Öcalan has been imprisoned by the Turkish state for the past 21 years, after being illegally abducted in Kenya with the help of the CIA. Continue reading

European left and green MPs support Kurdish struggle

[By Peter Boyle] BRUSSELS, February 13 — Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey’s invasion of Rojava, the democratic autonomous liberated zone in North and East Syria, at an international conference on February 5–6. The conference was titled “The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds” and was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. Continue reading