West silent as Turkey wrecks most peaceful part of Syria

AfrinTurkey: Get out of Syria! Australia: End the silence about Turkey’s ethnic cleansing in Afrin!

[The following is the text of a leaflet issued by Australians for Kurdistan.] Afrin is a small region in northwestern Syria, on the Turkish border. During the seven-year civil war Afrin was the most peaceful part of the country. Before the war it was mainly populated by Kurds. It took in hundreds of thousands of refugees (mainly Arab), giving them security and full rights. Afrin was the geographically isolated, westernmost canton of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. The DFNS is organised on the principles of feminism, ecology, communal democracy, and ethnic and religious pluralism. Continue reading

The sound of silence: Afrin and the darkness of Australia’s foreign policy

0af4370a8f9ad8c6cbcdcef7d9dce723[The following article by AFK’s John Tully was carried by the online Tasmanian Times.]  The darkness at the core of Australia’s foreign policy is highlighted both by Canberra’s silence over the invasion of Afrin, and by its push to become one of the world’s top ten arms exporters. The Kurds should beware. The Turnbull government wants to be quartermaster for any despot who will pay and one of the worst is the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read full article here.

Turkey’s war on Afrin: Sign-on statement launched

Australians for Kurdistan and Rojava Solidarity (Sydney) are appealing for people to endorse a sign-on statement condemning Turkey’s war on Afrin in northern Syria. Initiated by John Tully, Honorary Professor/Educator at Victoria University’s College of Arts, the statement calls on the Australian Government to take a strong stand against the Turkish invasion.

Please add your name to the statement online via the page on this website. Alternatively you can email Australians for Kurdistan.

Greens leader speaks out for Kurdish rights

di-natale[By Dave Holmes] Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale expressed his strong support for the embattled Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey. The left-wing party has a strong base among the country’s oppressed Kurdish community.  Speaking at a November 17 Kurdish solidarity meeting at Melbourne’s Trades Hall, Dr Di Natale condemned the current crackdown by the regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The HDP’s joint leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, have been arrested along with a number of the party’s other MPs. Continue reading

Online petitions target Turkey’s move toward dictatorship

Two online petitions targeting Turkey’s moves towards dictatorial rule are appealing for public support.

  • Bring President Erdogan to International Criminal Court for the hate crimes he committed can be found here.
  • The second petition (the English-language text is at the end) hits the repression of Turkey’s left-wing pro-Kurdish Democratic Freedom Party, especially the recent arrest of most of its parliamentarians.

Tasmanian Times article hits at Renas Lelikan arrest

Kurdish solidarity activist John Tully has had a lengthy and informative article on the Renas Lelikan case published in the online journal Tasmanian Times. Lelikan has been charged with being a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Tully’s article is entitled Australia panders to a despot and a loyal citizen pays the price ….It provides an overview of the case, vital background to the Kurdish freedom struggle and exposes Australia’s shameful support for the Turkish dictatorship. John is an honorary professor at Melbourne’s Victoria University and the author of a number of works of history as well as several novels.

NTEU president addresses Kurdish protest rally

download[The following speech was delivered to a Kurdish protest rally in Melbourne on September 17 by Jeannie Rea, National President of the National Tertiary Education Union.]

I wish to begin by acknowledging that we are rallying on Aboriginal land and pay my respects to the elders past and present, as well as emerging leaders. I bring you greetings of solidarity from the National Tertiary Education Union who are unwavering in our support for academic freedom and freedom of speech and political opinion. Continue reading