Australians for Kurdistan

Building solidarity with the Kurdish freedom struggle

Australians for Kurdistan

Rally & march: Stop Turkey’s war on the Kurdish people

Saturday, September 11, 2pm
State Library, Swanston St, Melbourne

Please note changed date. Due to the July lockdown many events have had to be rescheduled.

The Turkish regime is attacking the Kurdish people on all fronts.

In Turkey, the Kurdish-based HDP (People’s Democratic Party) is under constant attack. Thousands of activists are in jail or before the courts. Elected officials are sacked and jailed and an outright ban looms.

In northern Syria, Turkey and its Islamist mercenaries have invaded and occupied the territories of the Autonomous Administration (‘Rojava’). It has carried out large-scale ethnic cleansing against the Kurds and established a brutal, lawless regime.

In Kurdish Iraq, for over a year Turkey has been waging a brutal war trying to establish a chain of bases there and deal a crippling blow to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) in its guerilla strongholds.

Here in Australia our government stays silent. It falsely keeps the PKK on the terror list and continues to persecute desperate refugees, many of whom are Kurds who fled persecution in theocratic, anti-Kurd Iran.

Speakers: Janet Rice (Greens Senator), Rob Stary (criminal lawyer), speaker from Vic Trades Hall, others TBA.

Organised by Australians for Kurdistan & Federation of Democratic Kurdish Societies Australia — Melbourne.

[Image: Protest against killing of HDP activist Deniz Poyraz in Izmir.]

Message of solidarity from Kurdish women to March 4 Justice in Australia

As the Kurdistan Women’s Liberation Movement (KJK (Komalên Jinên Kurdistan) we send our greetings to the March 4 Justice women‘s uprising in Australia. Your chanting from the streets of Australia are heard by the women in Kurdistan and we are deeply inspired by the
masses of you that are opposing the ruling patriarchal system and searching for women‘s
freedom. Continue reading

Third Australian council shows solidarity with removed Kurdish co-mayors in Turkey

[By Peter Boyle] Socialist Alliance Moreland city councillor Sue Bolton initiated a solidarity motion in support of Kurdish mayors who have been undemocratically removed from office by the Erdoğan regime in Turkey. The motion was passed on February 10, with one vote against and two abstentions. Similar motions have been passed by the Inner West Council (IWC) in Sydney and Fremantle City Council in Western Australia. Continue reading

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

Solidarity with Rojava continues to grow

[By Fred Fuentes] October 31 — More trade unions have come out in opposition to Turkey’s invasion of the Kurdish-majority, northern region of Syria, commonly known as Rojava.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Construction & General Division’s October national conference passed a motion “strongly condemn[ing]” the invasion and stated the union’s support for “the struggle of the Rojava People and their democratic system”. Continue reading

Rojava sign-on statement seeking endorsements

Australians for Kurdistan has launched a sign-on statement in support of Rojava against Turkey’s criminal invasion and are urgently seeking endorsements. The statement demands “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” and calls for Australia to “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”.

To endorse go to the page on this website and complete the form at the bottom of the statement.

Rally & march: Defend Rojava! Stop the Turkish invasion!


Saturday, October 19, 4pm. Establish a no-fly zone now! Turkey get out of Syria! After getting the go-ahead from Donald Trump, Turkey has invaded Rojava in northern Syria all along the border, supported by Islamist militia gangs. Death, destruction and atrocities are piling up.

For seven years Rojava has been a beacon of democracy, feminism, and ethnic and religious pluralism. The Kurdish-majority Rojava defence forces spearheaded the struggle against the barbaric Islamic State at a terrible cost (11.000 dead and 21,000 badly wounded). Turkey’s racist, Kurdophobic Erdogan regime wants to crush this inspiring example lest it spread across the border.

There will be a range of speakers including Michele Harding, mother of YPG fighter Reece Harding, who was martyred fighting IS in 2015.

The Rojava Revolution needs our solidarity as never before. Please come on Saturday and spread the word to your friends and contacts.

State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by the Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria & Australians for Kurdistan.

Greens condemn Turkish invasion threat

[The following statement was released on October 9 by Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale.]

The Australian Government must use every diplomatic means at its disposal to insure that Turkey does not invade Kurdish-controlled Rojava in Syria following President Donald Trump’s latest erratic and dangerous foreign policy decision, said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale. Continue reading

Rally & march: Stop Turkey’s war on Rojava!

Saturday, October 12, 4:30pm. No Turkish invasion! Turkey out of Syria! US President Donald Trump has greenlighted a Turkish invasion of Rojava in northern Syria. For seven years Rojava has been a beacon of democracy, feminism and ethnic and religious pluralism. The Kurdish-majority Rojava defence forces spearheaded the struggle against the barbaric Islamic State — at the terrible cost of 11.000 dead and 21,000 badly wounded. Turkey’s racist, Kurdophobic Erdogan regime wants to crush this inspiring example. The Rojava Revolution needs our solidarity as never before.

State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria & supported by Australians for Kurdistan.


Renas Lelikan judgement gives background to freedom struggle

6882556-3x2-700x467Justice Lucy McCallum’s judgement in the Renas Lelikan case makes very interesting reading. Lelikan admitted to informal PKK membership but stated that his role was that of a journalist reporting on the Kurdish freedom fighters. McCallum freed him with a community service order. The prosecution has appealed seeking a custodial sentence to deter anyone from supporting PKK. For more background see below.