Rojava sign-on statement

Solidarity with Rojava! Turkey out of Syria! Prosecute Erdoğan for war crimes!

We, the undersigned, pledge our solidarity with the beleaguered people of Rojava. We call on the Australian Government to take the strongest possible action to force Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to withdraw his forces, and to work for a No Fly Zone along the border to protect the Kurds from further attack.

The Kurdish people did not want war, but they are fighting and dying as a result of the decision by US President Trump to give Turkey the green light to invade Rojava and expel the Kurdish population. Trump’s betrayal has been compounded by the subsequent deal cooked up by Russian President Putin and Erdoğan that establishes a ‘safe zone’ that is not safe for Kurds.

The chairs of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of Germany, France, the UK, the European Parliament and the House of Representatives of the United States have condemned the invasion as ‘a violation of international law’. Amnesty International reports that it has been accompanied by war crimes and in the opinion of Carla Del Ponte, a former UN investigator who prosecuted war criminals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, Erdoğan should be charged with war crimes.

Turkish forces and their Islamist proxies have indiscriminately targeted civilians, including with phosphorus and napalm bombs. Civilians have been bashed and shot and the killings filmed and broadcast on social media — as in the case of Professor Hevrin Khalaf, a leader of the Future Syria Party.

Such brutality is a deliberate tactic to force civilians to flee, and to date up to 300,000 civilians have fled the war zone. This is creating an immense humanitarian crisis in a region that has already suffered so much as a result of the war against ISIS.

Erdoğan’s stated aim is to expel the Kurdish population from a thick belt along the frontier and replace them with non-Kurdish refugees from elsewhere in Syria. In 1994, a UN Commission of Experts found that the forcible removal of populations on ethnic or religious grounds is a crime against humanity, and could fall within the UN statutes on genocide. World leaders defer to the Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The US and Russia collude with his plans for ‘ethnic cleansing’ but he should be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

The refusal to confront this international gangster is a vile betrayal of the people who sacrificed 11,000 of their young men and women in the war against ISIS. It is only the latest episode in a century-old history of betrayal.

It is also monumental foolishness to allow the invasion to continue. Already, numbers of ISIS fighters have escaped from camps in Rojava and the longer the Turkish onslaught continues, the more likely it is that more of these fanatics will escape and take up arms. This can only further endanger the lives of civilians in the Middle East and the whole world.

The world must shout loudly against this barbarism. We demand urgent action to force an immediate Turkish withdrawal and allow the entire civilian population of the border regions of Rojava to return to their homes. Such action should include:

  • That the Australian Government use its good offices in the United Nations for the creation of a No Fly Zone along the Turkish-Syrian border;
  • That Australia impose strong diplomatic and economic sanctions on Turkey to force it to comply with international law and withdraw all its troops and proxies from Syria;
  • That Australia call on the UN to send Blue Helmet peacekeepers to protect the Kurds and keep Turkish forces and their jihadi proxies out of Rojava.

As an American writer noted ‘It is the powerful who write the laws of the world — and the powerful who ignore those laws when expediency dictates’. We, however, refuse to remain silent in the face of these great crimes.


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Selected endorsements
1 Bill Ashcroft, UNSW, Emeritus Professor, NSW
2 Joseph Awange, Professor, WA
3 Alex Bainbridge, Socialist Alliance, National Co-Convenor, QLD
4 Eziz Bawermend, Kurdish Lobby Australia, President, NSW
5 Peter Bellwood, Australian National University, Emeritus Professor, ACT
6 Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance, Moreland City Councillor, VIC
7 Helen Borland, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
8 Peter Boyle, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), NSW
9 John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Professor, ACT
10 Linda Briskman, Western Sydney University, Professor, VIC
11 Dorothy Bruck, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
12 Helen Burnet, Australian Greens, Hobart City Councillor, TAS
13 Phillip Deery, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
14 James Doughney, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
15 Campbell Duignan, CFMMEU, MUA Organiser, SA
16 Paul Elliott, Medical Scientists Association of Victoria, Secretary, VIC
17 Cigdem Guler, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society Australia, Co-Chair, VIC
18 Sylvia Hale, The Greens, Former Greens Member NSW Parliament, NSW
19 Michele Harding, QLD
20 Jason Jacobs, University of Queensland, Professor, QLD
21 Pancras Jordan, Pax Christi Queensland, Coordinator, QLD
22 Zerebar Karimi, Health Services Union, Acting Secretary, SA
23 Michael Kent, UNSW, Professor, NSW
24 Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University, Professor, VIC
25 Dru Maher-Brooks, Industrial Workers of the World, Branch Secretary, NSW
26 David McCallum, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
27 Matthew McGowan, National Tertiary Education Union, General Secretary, VIC
28 Jane Mills, University NSW, Associate Professor, NSW
29 Sirvan Mirkan, Kurdistan Patriotic Association of Victoria, Spokesperson, VIC
30 Geoff Mosley, CASSE, Australian Director, VIC
31 Anitra Nelson, RMIT, Honorary Associate Professor, VIC
32 Tulay Orhan, Kurdish Women’s Association, Chairperson, VIC
33 Jamie Parker, Greens NSW, MLA, NSW
34 Richard Parncutt, Professor, VIC
35 Susan Price, Socialist Alliance, National Co-Convenor, NSW
36 Nicolas Rasmussen, UNSW, Professor, NSW
37 Stuart Rees, Professor, NSW
38 Lee Rhiannon, Greens NSW, Former Senator, NSW
39 Sam Shetler, Anti-poverty Network SA, State Coordinator, SA
40 David Shoebridge, Greens NSW, MLC, NSW
41 Hussein Tahiri, Victoria University, Adjunct Associate Professor, VIC
42 Ismet Tastan, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society Australia, Co-chair, NSW
43 Tim Thorne, Poet, TAS
44 John Tully, Victoria University, Honorary Professor, VIC
45 Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth, VIC
46 Arnold Zable, Author & Patron, PEN International Melbourne, VIC
47 George Zangalis, Rail Tram & Bus Union (Vic), Past President, VIC
48 John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Professor, VIC

Full list of endorsements
1 Ari Abdulla, Refugee
2 Diako Abraham, SA
3 Peter Abrahamson, AMWU, Retired official, VIC
4 Paul Adams, VIC
5 Brusk Aeiveri, NSW
6 Bart Ahluwalia, University of Sydney NTEU, NSW
7 Suheyla Ahmed, VIC
8 Liz Aird, VIC
9 Oznur Akbas, VIC
10 Ozgur Akbas, VIC
11 Memet Akgun, Painter, Vic
12 Zara Akpinar, TAS
13 Shanaw Ali, Kurdish Patriotic Group of Victoria, VIC
14 Gulay Alkan, VIC
15 Deniz Kurdi Altundal, Mes Pot Studios, VIC
16 Jacob Andrewartha, Socialist Alliance, VIC
17 Peter Andrews, VIC
18 Peter Annear, VIC
19 Albert Aranha, VIC
20 Malcolm Armstrong, WA
21 Ugur Arslab, VIC
22 Bill Ashcroft, UNSW, Emeritus Professor, NSW
23 Paul Ashton, VIC
24 Matthew Austin, NSW
25 Joseph Awange, Professor, WA
26 Khaled Azizi, RMIT University, VIC
27 Alex Bainbridge, Socialist Alliance, National Co-Convenor, QLD
28 Jan Balli, Plumber, VIC
29 Eziz Bawermend, Kurdish Lobby Australia, President, NSW
30 Dale Beasley, Trade union official, SA
31 Bulent Bektas, Manager, VIC
32 Peter Bellwood, Australian National University, Emeritus Professor, ACT
33 Simon Blond, Curtin University, Lecturer, WA
34 Jennie Bloom, VIC
35 Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance, Moreland City Councillor, VIC
36 Helen Borland, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
37 Peter Boyle, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), NSW
38 Kemal Bozbeyoglu, NSW
39 John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Professor, ACT
40 Linda Briskman, Western Sydney University, Professor, VIC
41 David Brown, VIC
42 Dorothy Bruck, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
43 Alison Buckley, Writer, NSW
44 Andrea Bunting, Climate activist, VIC
45 Helen Burnet, Australian Greens, Hobart City Councillor, TAS
46 Mustafa Canpolat, Navkurd, VIC
47 Anita Chan, Australian National University, Retired, ACT
48 Rhonda Chapman, VIC
49 Lalitha Chelliah, Radio 3CR, Broadcaster, VIC
50 Andrew Chuter, NSW
51 Vincent Coleman, SA
52 Samantha Colquhoun, Australian National University, Fellow, ACT
53 Clinton Cook, Darebin Ethnic Communities Council, Volunteer, VIC
54 Joanna Cooke, VIC
55 Michael Cooke, VIC
56 Matt Costella, VIC
57 Neil Cotter, QLD
58 Sky Croeser, Curtin University, Lecturer, WA
59 Greg Cure, TAS
60 Khoa Dao, VIC
61 Ken Davis, NSW
62 Phillip Deery, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
63 Cekdar Deger, VIC
64 David Deutschmann, Ocean Press, VIC
65 Elias Diacolabrianos, Broadcaster, VIC
66 Hazal Dogan, Student, VIC
67 Michael Dominick, VIC
68 Robert Dorning, VIC
69 James Doughney, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
70 Kamran Doust, VIC
71 Tristan Drake, Socialist Alliance, VIC
72 Campbell Duignan, CFMMEU, MUA Organiser, SA
73 Kate Elder, NT
74 Philip Eldridge, Assoc.Prof (Retired), TAS
75 Paul Elliott, Medical Scientists Association of Victoria, Secretary, VIC
76 Emily Elliott, VIC
77 Jody Ellis, VIC
78 Jude Elton, SA
79 Kamala Emanuel, Doctor, QLD
80 AJ Epstein, VIC
81 Omer Erdal, VIC
82 Katy Evans, Curtin University, Associate Professor, WA
83 Douglas Faed, WA
84 Sarbast Fatah, Kurdish Lobby Australia, NSW
85 Hero Fatah, SA
86 Zirian Fatah, Kurdish Lobby Australia, Vice-President, NSW
87 Kathleen Fisher, VIC
88 Karen Fletcher, VIC
89 Ron Fletcher, VIC
90 Scotty Foster, ACT
91 Corey Foster, VIC
92 Mike Frost, TAS
93 Nader Gariban, NSW
94 Gavin Gatenby, NSW
95 Taner Gel, VIC
96 Greg Giles, NSW
97 Dogan Giyik, VIC
98 Hall Greenland, NSW
99 Shelley Greer, NSW Teachers Federation, NSW
100 Heather Gridley, VIC
101 Helena Grunfeld, VIC
102 Cigdem Guler, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society Australia, Co-Chair, VIC
103 Ronald Guy, Australia Unions for Western Sahara, Secretary, VIC
104 John Haddad, VIC
105 Michael Hailey, VIC
106 Kawa Haji, VIC
107 Sylvia Hale, The Greens, Former Greens Member NSW Parliament, NSW
108 Michele Harding, QLD
109 Marian Hart, Mapuche Aboriginal Struggles for Indigenous Land, VIC
110 Sarah Harvey, NSW
111 Yoji Hashimoto, University of Tasmania, Lecturer, TAS
112 Rouya Hashimpour, VIC
113 Barry Healy, CPSU/CSA, WA
114 Tristan Hennessy, VIC
115 Heval Herki, Kurdistan National Congress, VIC
116 Pip Hinman, Socialist Alliance, NSW
117 Nicholas Hoare, Australian National University, ACT
118 Jan Hodge, NSW
119 Chloe Hodson-Smith, VIC
120 Dave Holmes, Australians for Kurdistan, VIC
121 Trish Horinishi, TAS
122 Gerry Houska, QLD
123 Rohan Howard, VIC
124 Chris Huculak, VIC
125 John Hunter, VIC
126 David Huynh, VIC
127 Michael Hyde, Victoria University, Honorary Fellow, VIC
128 Mirfat Ibrahim, NSW
129 Paraskevas Ikonomakos, VIC
130 Sarah Isaac, ACT
131 Jason Jacobs, University of Queensland, Professor, QLD
132 Carolyn Jeanneret, Choices Private Social Worker, TAS
133 Stephen Jolly, Yarra Council, Councillor, VIC
134 Peter Jones, War Resisters International, Convenor in Australia, TAS
135 Mike Jones, NSW
136 Tod Jones, Associate Professor, WA
137 Pancras Jordan, Pax Christi Queensland, Coordinator, QLD
138 Chris Joyce, Legalsuper, Director, NSW
139 Mahmut Kahraman, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society Australia, VIC
140 Ali Karakollik, Driver , VIC
141 Zerebar Karimi, Health Services Union, Acting Secretary, SA
142 Steven Katsineris, VIC
143 Boyd Kellner, Animal Welfare League, NSW
144 Michael Kent, UNSW, Professor, NSW
145 Julie Kimber, Swinburne University, Senior Lecturer, VIC
146 Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University, Professor, VIC
147 Ewen Kloas, QLD
148 Narendra Mohan Kommalapati, VIC
149 Helga Kuhse, VIC
150 Girish Lala, NSW
151 Judith Lichtenzveig, WA
152 Sally Low, VIC
153 Leonie Lundy, WA
154 David MacKenzie, Upstream Australia/ UniSA, Associate Professor, VIC
155 Mark Maddison, NSW
156 Dru Maher-Brooks, Industrial Workers of the World, Branch Secretary, NSW
157 Andrew Maiorana, WA
158 Kamal Malak, Komala, NSW
159 Arzhand Manmi, NSW
160 Mohsen Manochehripour, VIC
161 Ken Mansell, VIC
162 Nikki Marczak, University of Queensland, QLD
163 Michael Mardel, VIC
164 Theo Markos, VIC
165 Mark Marusic, NSW
166 David McCallum, Victoria University, Emeritus Professor, VIC
167 Grahame McCulloch, TAS
168 Brendan McGloin, ACT
169 Matthew McGowan, National Tertiary Education Union, General Secretary, VIC
170 Tanya McIntyre, NT
171 Jean Mclean, Victoria University, Advisor, VIC
172 Ann McVey, VIC
173 Mary Merkenich, VIC
174 Jane Mills, University NSW, Associate Professor, NSW
175 Adile Mimtas, Barrister, VIC
176 Sirvan Mirkan, Kurdistan Patriotic Association of Victoria, Spokesperson, VIC
177 Ramashis Mitra, VIC
178 Farshad Molodi, NSW
179 Sam Monfared, NSW
180 Kat Moore, VIC
181 Darrin Morgan, NSW
182 Claudia Morris, ACT
183 Judith Morrison, VIC
184 Derek Mortimer, Writer, NSW
185 Geoff Mosley, CASSE, Australian Director, VIC
186 Jamal Namdari, VIC
187 Mohsen Nanva, NSW
188 Margot Nash, University of Technology, Honorary Associate, NSW
189 Anitra Nelson, RMIT, Honorary Associate Professor, VIC
190 Stellamaris Newlands, NSW
191 Dung Van Nguyen, VIC
192 Sean Normoyle, VIC
193 Caroline O’Brien, QLD
194 Binnie O’Dwyer, NSW
195 Molly O’Brien, ANU College of Law, Associate Professor, ACT
196 Andree O”Donnell, VIC
197 Gulfer Olan, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre NSW, Co-Chair, NSW
198 Tulay Orhan, Kurdish Women’s Association, Chairperson, VIC
199 Huseyin Ozen, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre Victoria, Co-Chair, VIC
200 Fiona Paige, VIC
201 Con Pakavakis, PEN Melbourne, Committee, VIC
202 Ana Pararajasingham, NSW
203 Jamie Parker, Greens NSW, MLA, NSW
204 Janet Parker, Socialist Alliance, WA
205 Richard Parncutt, Professor, VIC
206 John Passant, ACT
207 Nick Pastalatzis, VIC
208 Zeki Pektas, Hatas, Director, NSW
209 Jill Polson, VIC
210 Susan Price, Socialist Alliance, National Co-Convenor, NSW
211 Tiiu Rääbus, TAS
212 Daniel Ralston, VIC
213 Robert Rands, TAS
214 Nicolas Rasmussen, UNSW, Professor, NSW
215 Stuart Rees, Professor, NSW
216 Sarah Reid, VIC
217 Gzing Resuli, VIC
218 Lee Rhiannon, Greens NSW, Former Senator, NSW
219 Maree Roberts, VIC
220 Trevor Rootes, TAS
221 Colin Ryan, VIC
222 Hassan Saleh, Counsellor, NSW
223 Farzad Sanati, QLD
224 Phil Sandford, NSW
225 Josephine Scicluna, Deakin & Swinburne Universities, PEN Melbourne, Lecturer, VIC
226 Arastoo Seraji, QLD
227 Eddie Seymour, Maritime Union of Australia, Retired, NSW
228 Sam Shetler, Anti-poverty Network SA, State Coordinator, SA
229 David Shoebridge, Greens NSW, MLC, NSW
230 Fionn Skiotis, Australians for Kurdistan, VIC
231 Gail Skipworth, Socialist Alliance, VIC
232 Roy Smith, WA
233 Cengiz Sonkaya, Ararat Group, Director, VIC
234 Mofaq Sorani, PUK, Representative, NSW
235 Neil Spurgeon, VIC
236 Hugh Stirling, NT
237 Meghan Street, Socialist Alliance, VIC
238 Christian Stricker, ACT
239 Shako Tahir, NSW
240 Hussein Tahiri, Victoria University, Adjunct Associate Professor, VIC
241 Ismet Tastan, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society Australia, Co-chair, NSW
242 Mark Taylor, Australian Services Union, National Conference Delegate, QLD
243 Amanda Third, Western Sydney University, Associate Professor, NSW
244 Jill Thomas, Student, NSW
245 Les Thomas, National Tertiary Education Union, Branch Committee Monash University, VIC
246 Paul Thomas, TAS
247 Tim Thorne, Poet, TAS
248 Annolies Truman, HSU, WA
249 Eirene Tsolidis, IWW Melbourne, Member, VIC
250 John Tully, Victoria University, Honorary Professor, VIC
251 Ciaran Tully, VIC
252 Douglas Turnbull, QLD
253 Jenny Tymms, NT
254 Finn Vogler, WA
255 Sam Wainwright, Socialist Alliance, WA
256 Anik Waldow, NSW
257 Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth, VIC
258 Duncan Wallace, New Economy Journal, Chief Editor, VIC
259 Kieran Walsh, QLD
260 Yvette Watt, TAS
261 Tarni Webb, NSW
262 John White, Former State Labor minister, TAS
263 Viola Wilkins, IWW, Retired, VIC
264 Margareta Windisch, RMIT, Lecturer, VIC
265 Suat Yilmaz, Australian-Turkish Cultural Association, Secretary, VIC
266 Arnold Zable, Author & Patron, PEN International Melbourne, VIC
267 Rayman Zada, SA
268 Behrouz Zadegan, QLD
269 George Zangalis, Rail Tram & Bus Union (Vic), Past President, VIC
270 Zobeydeh Zare, NSW
271 John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Professor, VIC
272 Joseph Zeleznikow, VIC
273 Mike Zuber, QLD

International
Milad Ahmed, Iraq
Said Ahmed, United Kingdom
Idris Aka, Netherlands
Alvaro de Miranda, University of East London, Emeritus, United Kingdom
Dogan Dogan, Writer, Canada
Eva Johansson, Sweden
Azad Khizri , Austria
Dick Nichols, Green Left Weekly, European Correspondent, Catalonia
Sara Rahman, England
Christine Sessler, USA