Open letter of support for victimised academics in Turkey

[The following appeal is being circulated to Australian academics by John Tully, Honorary Professor at Victoria University, and  Australians for Kurdistan. See below for information on how to endorse. Please circulate to your colleagues.]

As scholars associated with universities and higher education institutions in Australia, we are extremely disturbed by Turkey’s recent treatment of academics who have spoken out against atrocities being committed by the Turkish state against Kurdish civilians in the eastern parts of the country. Continue reading

Turkey’s war on the Kurds

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Kurdish youth run through cloud of teargas in Amed.

[The following statement was released by the Kurdish National Congress (KNK) Australia on January 8, 2016.]

After the June 7, 2015 elections in Turkey, in which 80 representatives of the pro-Kurdish HDP won seats in parliament, President Erdogan launched a war against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for political gain. The war involves the collective punishment of Kurdish civilians. Since August, 127 security zones and 52 curfews have been imposed on Kurdish towns. In these urban centres, the Turkish state has employed tanks, rockets and sniper fire to kill 260 civilians, including women and children. Continue reading