Sign the statement

Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan

Between 2013 and 2015, a staggering 10.3 million people worldwide signed the following statement:

I support the demand Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan and the political prisoners in Turkey. Öcalan’s freedom will mark a breakthrough for the democratization of Turkey and peace in Kurdistan.

More than five years later, this is still true.

In 2015, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended several years of talks between the Turkish state, Abdullah Öcalan and the PKK, he launched a new stage of aggressive and violent escalation in Turkey, Iraq and Syria. In recent months Erdogan waged war not only against the Kurds but all the neighbours of Turkey including Libya, Cyprus, the border with Greece and Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh.

Meanwhile, the people of North and East Syria, inspired by Öcalan and his prison writings, have transformed their land into a major bastion of peaceful coexistence and democracy despite Turkey’s constant and ongoing military attacks.

Öcalan’s ongoing incarceration and the inhumane isolation to which he remains subjected, the massive repression inside the Kurdish regions of Turkey and the attacks on North and East Syria are all aspects of the same overall approach taken by the Turkish state: to attack the forces of democracy and especially the Kurds by all means possible.

Unfortunately, international institutions have refrained from providing an adequate response to this deteriorating situation and the Council of Europe along with the European Court for Human Rights and the Committee against Torture (CPT) have all failed to guarantee even the most basic human rights for Abdullah Öcalan on Imrali Island.

Abdullah Öcalan is the most important symbol of the struggle against the repression of freedom and democracy in Turkey and the wider Middle East. His firm stand for peaceful coexistence, his relentless efforts for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the Kurds and the Turkish state have proven to be effective. This makes his freedom ever more important for all peace-loving people.

This is why we say: The time has come — Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan!

Please support us with your signature and join the struggle for freedom, democracy and peace for the Kurds and all peoples of the Middle East. Carry this message to your local councils, assemblies, trade unions, community organizations, parties and persuade them to join the worldwide chorus of voices for Öcalan’s freedom.

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Selected endorsements
1 Brusk Aeiveri, Co-Chair, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre NSW, NSW
2 Cigdem Aslan, Co-Chair, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society of Australia, VIC
3 Alex Bainbridge, National Co-Convenor, Socialist Alliance, QLD
4 Raul Bassi, Secretary, Indigenous Social Justice Association, NSW
5 Alex Bhathal, Social worker, VIC
6 Sue Bolton, Councillor (City of Moreland), Socialist Alliance, VIC
7 Dorothy Bruck, Emeritus professor, Victoria University, TAS
8 Susan Connelly, Justice networker, Sisters of St Joseph, NSW
9 Phillip Deery, Emeritus professor, VIC
10 Campbell Duignan, Organiser, Maritime Union of Australia , SA
11 Edward Duyker, Historian, NSW
12 Paul Elliott, Secretary, HSU, VIC
13 Sylvia Hale, Former MLC, NSW Parliament, NSW
14 Sarah Hathway, National Co-Convenor, Socialist Alliance, VIC
15 Zeta Henderson, Nurse educator, Gordon TAFE, VIC
16 Pip Hinman, Editor, Green Left, NSW
17 Stephen Jolly, Councillor, City of Yarra, VIC
18 Anthony Kelly, Human rights advocate, VIC
19 Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University, VIC
20 Gina Lennox, Research/writer, Kurdish Lobby Australia, NSW
21 Matthew McGowan, General secretary, National Tertiary Education Union, VIC
22 Jane Mills, Academic, UNSW, NSW
23 Jamie Parker, Greens member for Balmain, NSW Parliament, NSW
24 Sky Pod Croeser, Senior lecturer, Curtin University, WA
25 Susan Price, Editor, Green Left, NSW
26 Stuart Rees, Professor, University of Sydney, NSW
27 Lee Rhiannon, Former Australian senator , NSW
28 Jeff Sparrow, Writer, VIC
29 Michael Thomson, State secretary, NTEU, NSW
30 John Tully, Writer & historian, Honorary Professor, Victoria University, TAS
31 Sam Wainwright, Councillor, City of Fremantle, WA
32 Suat Yilmaz, Secretary, Australian Turkish Cultural Association Inc., VIC
33 Arnold Zable, Writer, VIC

Full list of endorsements
1 Peter Abrahamson, Retired, ACT
2 Paul Adams, Honorary fellow, Victoria University, VIC
3 Brusk Aeiveri, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre NSW, NSW
4 Bart Ahluwalia, Research support officer, University of Sydney, NSW
5 Shorsh Ahmad, Radio program presenter, Kurdish Program 3ZZZ, VIC
6 Said Ahmed, Activist, ACT
7 Dawn Albinger, Antiquarian & rare bookdealer, Archives Fine Books, QLD
8 Anu Algama, ACT
9 Gulay Alkan, Accountant, NSW
10 Deniz Kurdi Altundal, Artist, VIC
11 Peter Andrews, Manager, VIC
12 Bill Ashcroft, Professor emeritus, UNSW, NSW
13 Cigdem Aslan, Co-Chair, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society of Australia, VIC
14 Joseph Awange, Professor, WA
15 Hans Baer, Anthropologist/Honorary principal research fellow, University of Melbourne, VIC
16 Alex Bainbridge, National Co-Convenor, Socialist Alliance, QLD
17 Andrew Bartlett, Former Senator for Queensland, Australian Greens, QLD
18 Raul Bassi, Secretary, Indigenous Social Justice Association, NSW
19 Geoffrey Batten, Travel agent, TAS
20 Eziz Bawermend, NSW
21 Kevin Beinke, Retired, SA Police, SA
22 David Bell, Vineyard owner, NSW
23 Alex Bhathal, Social worker, VIC
24 Jennie Bloom, Teacher, VIC
25 Sue Bolton, Councillor (City of Moreland), Socialist Alliance, VIC
26 Lionel Bopage, Public servant (retired), AAGGSL, VIC
27 Jim Bossinakis, Dental surgeon, VIC
28 Peter Boyle, Journalist, Green Left, NSW
29 Debbie Brennan, Organiser, Radical Women, VIC
30 Tim Brown, Demolition, NSW
31 Stephen Brown, Tradie, NSW
32 David Brown, Retired, VIC
33 Dorothy Bruck, Emeritus professor, Victoria University, TAS
34 Alison Buckley, Teacher, NSW
35 Gayle Burmeister, Retired, VIC
36 Naso Callinicos, Builder (retired), QLD
37 Hidayet Ceylan, DCW, Hume City Council, VIC
38 Anita Chan, Retired, NTEU, ACT
39 Lalitha Chelliah, Nurse, VIC
40 Meni Christofakis, Retired, VIC
41 Andrew Chuter, NSW
42 Tom Clark, Associate professor, Victoria University, VIC
43 Vincent Coleman, Electrician, SA
44 Frank Conlan, Finance adviser, VIC
45 Susan Connelly, Justice networker, Sisters of St Joseph, NSW
46 Clinton Cook, Shop assistant (unemployed), Darebin Ethnic Communities Council, VIC
47 Michael Cooke, Public servant (retired), Australians for Kurdistan, VIC
48 Jo Cooke, Musician, VIC
49 Ilija Coric, Adult Student, WA
50 Matthew Costellq, Student, VIC
51 Neil Cotter, Librarian, QLD
52 Charles Cousland, IT manager, VIC
53 Aaron Craine, Student, VIC
54 Felix Dance, Activist, Socialist Alliance, VIC
55 Khoa Dao, Service officer, Industrial Workers of the World, VIC
56 Roger Davies, Retired, Socialist Alliance, VIC
57 Ken Davis, International aid worker, ASU, NSW
58 Paula de Angelis, Historian, SA
59 Phillip Deery, Emeritus professor, VIC
60 Elias Diacolabrianos, Broadcaster, Radio 3ZZZ, VIC
61 Dogan Dogan, Political activist, ACT
62 Robert Dorning, Retired, VIC
63 James Doughney, Emeritus professor, VIC
64 Campbell Duignan, Organiser, Maritime Union of Australia , SA
65 Edward Duyker, Historian, NSW
66 Paraskevas Economakos, VIC
67 Philip Eldridge, Academic (retired), TAS
68 Paul Elliott, Secretary, HSU, VIC
69 Jude Elton, Historian/curator (retired), SA
70 Marsha Emerman, Lecturer (retired), VIC
71 Douglas Faed, Telecommunications tech, WA
72 Hero Fatah, Tailor, QLD
73 Zirian Fatah, Vice-President, Kurdish Lobby Australia, NSW
74 Mitchel Fielding, Engineer, VIC
75 Kathleen Fisher, VIC
76 Heather Formaini, Psychoanalyst, NSW
77 Jenny Forward, Social worker, TAS
78 Michael Frost, Education & training consultant, TAS
79 Jolene Gailitis, Student, VIC
80 Gavin Gatenby, Public servant (retired), NSW
81 Taner Gel, Bricklayer, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of Victoria, VIC
82 Basak Gel, Kurdish activist, VIC
83 Penny Gillard, Teacher, VIC
84 Daniel Goran, Security guard, ACT
85 Hall Greenland, Journalist & historian, The Greens NSW, NSW
86 David Griffiths, Pensioner, VIC
87 Helena Grunfeld, Retired, VIC
88 Ronald Guy, Artist, AUWS, VIC
89 Tim Guy, Healthcare worker / Union steward, UW Medicine / SEIU 925, WA
90 John Haddad, Interpreter & translator, VIC
91 Sylvia Hale, Former MLC, NSW Parliament, NSW
92 Andrew Hall, Public servant, SA
93 Diogo Hamatiano, Electrical technician, VIC
94 Benjamin Hammond, IT support worker, NSW
95 Mairead Hannan, Teacher, School, VIC
96 Kathy Harrington, SA
97 Jamon Hartzer, Truck driver, WA
98 Sarah Hathway, National Co-Convenor, Socialist Alliance, VIC
99 Mike Hatrick, Retired, NSW
100 Barry Healy, Adult educator, Socialist Alliance, WA
101 Daniel Hedington, Artist, VIC
102 Zeta Henderson, Nurse educator, Gordon TAFE, VIC
103 Pip Hinman, Editor, Green Left, NSW
104 Jan Hodge, Retired, NSW
105 Dave Holmes, Socialist Alliance, VIC
106 John Hood, Writer, VIC
107 Trish Horinishi, Small business owner, TAS
108 Lisa Horler, Senior researcher, ABC TV, VIC
109 Leeawuleena Horler, Student, VIC
110 Rohan Howard, Carpenter, VIC
111 Chris Hughs, VIC
112 Ian Hurley, Retired, VIC
113 Dayaal Huynh, Teacher, VIC
114 Michael Hyde, Author / Honorary fellow, Victoria University, VIC
115 Mirfat Ibrahim, Kurdish diplomatic group, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre, NSW
116 Eva Johansson, ACT
117 Stephen Jolly, Councillor, City of Yarra, VIC
118 Mike Jones, Accountant, NSW
119 Peter Jones, Teacher (retired), War Resisters International, TAS
120 Mahmut Kahraman, Kurdish activist, VIC
121 Ali Riza Karakollik, Taxi driver, VIC
122 Steven Katsineris, Writer & gardener, VIC
123 Klaus Kaulfuss, Indigenous Social Justice Association, VIC
124 Anthony Kelly, Human rights advocate, VIC
125 Yaseen Khalil, Researcher, UWA, WA
126 Julie Kimber, Senior lecturer, Swinburne University, VIC
127 Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University, VIC
128 Sherko Kirmanj, Assistant Professor, SA
129 Gem Kis, Change & training manager, Latrobe University, VIC
130 Ewen Kloas, Retired, QLD
131 Narendra Kommalapati, Retired, Narendra Kommalapati, VIC
132 Jacqueline Kriz, Registered nurse, Socialist Alliance, VIC
133 Vitaly Kuzenkov, Project manager, NSW
134 Dimitra Lagoudaki, Housing support worker, VIC
135 Riki Lane, Research fellow, Monash University, VIC
136 Melanie Lazarow, Artist, NTEU, VIC
137 Natalie Ledwidge, Disability notetaker, TAFE, NSW
138 Steffi Leedham, Teacher, NSW
139 Peter Leeftink, ACT
140 Gina Lennox, Research/writer, Kurdish Lobby Australia, NSW
141 Andree L’Estrange, Examination invigilator, VIC
142 Steve Lewis, Retired, SA
143 Jake Lloyd Jones, Documentary film maker, MerJa Media, NSW
144 Colin Long, Trade unionist, VIC
145 Leonie Lundy, Advocate, WA
146 K Mackenzie, Teacher, NSW
147 Robert Mackenzie, Teacher (retired), VIC
148 Laurie MacSween, Retired, NSW
149 Kamal Malak, Painter, NSW
150 Mohsen Manochehripour, Mechanic, VIC
151 Ken Mansell, Historian, VIC
152 Michael Mardel, Retired, VIC
153 Theo Markos, Health professional, VIC
154 Costas Markos, Director, VIC
155 Mark Marusic, ESL teacher, NSW
156 Tyrus Maxwell, Activist, QLD
157 Robert McEwan, Project manager , VIC
158 Diana McGinn, Socialist Alliance, WA
159 Brendan McGloin, Healthcare worker, Directions ACT, ACT
160 Matthew McGowan, General secretary, National Tertiary Education Union, VIC
161 Dean McInerney, Media, QLD
162 Colleen McKenney, Lecturer (retired), WA
163 Chris McPherson, Teacher, VIC
164 Ann McVey, Nurse (retired), VIC
165 Mary Merkenich, Teacher, AEU VIC Branch Councillor, VIC
166 Ernst Merkenich, Software engineer, VIC
167 Jane Mills, Academic, UNSW, NSW
168 Adile Mimtas, Personal assistant, VIC
169 Mike Mitchell, Tax consultant, SA
170 Judith Morrison, VIC
171 Derek Mortimer, Writer, NSW
172 Geoff Mosley, Director of operations, CASSE, VIC
173 Lauren Mueller, Environmental scientist, VIC
174 Rachael Nehmer, Online implementation analyst, VIC
175 Anitra Nelson, VIC
176 Peter Nickell, Educator, Helping Hands, NSW
177 Stera Nisan, Self employed, VIC
178 Molly O’Brien, Law teacher, ANU College of Law, ACT
179 John O’Brien, Retired, Geelong TLC, ACT
180 Gulfer Olan, Co-Chair, Democratic Kurdish Community Centre, NSW
181 Tulay Orhan, Youth worker, VIC
182 Jamie Parker, Greens member for Balmain, NSW Parliament, NSW
183 Richard Parncutt, Research, VIC
184 Zeki Pektas, Director, NSW
185 Tony Pettersen, Manager, SA
186 Joshua Phillips, VIC
187 John Philpott, Retired, NSW
188 Greg Platt, Retired, VIC
189 Carel Pluis, Outdoor education worker, ACT
190 Sky Pod Croeser, Senior lecturer, Curtin University, WA
191 John Poulos, Teacher (retired), NSW
192 Susan Price, Editor, Green Left, NSW
193 Tiiu Rääbus, Retired, TAS
194 Sima Rafaat, SA
195 Anjum Rafiqi, Global citizen, NSW
196 Stuart Rees, Professor, University of Sydney, NSW
197 Ann Reilly, Nurse (retired), VIC
198 Lee Rhiannon, Former Australian senator , NSW
199 Gina Robertson, VIC
200 Trevor Rootes, TAS
201 James Rose, Retired, TAS
202 Pam Rowley, Teacher, AEU, VIC
203 Paul Rubner, Library worker (retired), NSW
204 Colin Ryan, Writer, VIC
205 Hassan Saleh, Translator, Multicultural NSW, NSW
206 Phil Sandford, NSW
207 Valerie Schier, Retired, QLD
208 Suse Scholem, Mediator, VIC
209 Eddie Seymour, Maritime worker (retired), Maritime Union of Australia, NSW
210 Fionn Skiotis, Community worker, VIC
211 Gail Skipworth, VIC
212 Chris Slee, Writer, Socialist Alliance, VIC
213 Symon Smith, Worker, VIC
214 Mofaq Sorani, Doctor, NSW
215 Jeff Sparrow, Writer, VIC
216 Jennifer Strauss, Academic (retired) & writer, VIC
217 Sarkout Sulaimany, Taxi driver, ACT
218 Ali Sungu, Retired, Kurdish house Sydney., NSW
219 Ismet Tastan, Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society in Australia, NSW
220 Jill Thomas, Student, NSW
221 Michael Thomson, State secretary, NTEU, NSW
222 Tim Thorne, Poet, TAS
223 Annolies Truman, Chaplain, WA
224 Eirene Tsolidis Noyce, Student, IWW, VIC
225 John Tully, Writer & historian, Honorary Professor, Victoria University, TAS
226 Ciaran Tully, Student, TAS
227 Nicola Tyndale, Filmmaker, ACT
228 Manos Tzimpragos, Educator, VIC
229 Ellenor Velev, Social worker, VIC
230 Nigel Waddington, Researcher, VIC
231 Sam Wainwright, Councillor, City of Fremantle, WA
232 Cam Walker, Environmental campaigner, VIC
233 Kieran Walsh, Retired, PFLAG Gold Coast, QLD
234 Yvette Watt, Senior lecturer, UTAS, TAS
235 Nellie Wight, Courier, VIC
236 Viola Wilkins, Retired, IWW, VIC
237 Catherine Woo, Artist, TAS
238 Stephanie Wright, PhD student, Australian National University, VIC
239 Debra Wright, Admin worker, VIC
240 Suat Yilmaz, Secretary, Australian Turkish Cultural Association Inc., VIC
241 Arnold Zable, Writer, VIC
242 Behrouz Zadegan, Painter / security officer, QLD
243 John Zeleznikow, Professor, La Trobe University, VIC

International
1 Evin Bayartan, Université Paris 8, France
2 Richard Blake, Retired, Rare Earth Consultants, International
3 Simon Butler, Activist, International
4 John Couzin, International
5 Dave Donnelly, Senior mastering engineer, UK
6 Gerald Flattery, Disabled from work, International
7 Samyajit Ganguly, MBBS student, Medical College Democratic Student’s Association, India
8 Mehmet Heyecan, Driver, International
9 Eva Johansson, Sweden
10 John Johore, Human rights officer (retired), UK
11 Nick Kelleher, Secretary, Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council, UK
12 Osman Kilic, Journalist, Firat News Agency, International
13 Bakr Kurdos, Taxi driver, Other
14 Oliver New, Secretary, Ealing Trade Union Council, London, UK
15 Dick Nichols, European correspondent, Green Left, Catalonia
16 Charles Post, Academic, City University of New York, USA
17 Sara Rahman-Latif, Housewife, UK
18 David Roberts, Author, Society of Authors, International
19 Chris Scurfield, Archaeologist, UK
20 Michael Yates, Editor, Monthly Review Foundation, USA