Several political parties and non-governmental organisations from Pacific Asia issued a joint statement on Friday condemning Turkey and Iran’s military attacks on Kurds.
Organisations from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand and Pakistan said in their statements that Turkey and Iran’s military operations against Kurdish regions were not only against international law but were also causing massive casualties and damage.
The Asia-Pacific parties and organisations defined the military attacks by both Turkish and Iranian governments as “genocidal” and called for the following:
- Turkey and Iran must immediately cease their military aggression against the Kurds in the region;
- Stop the repression of pro-Kurdish political movements in Turkey and protests for women’s rights in Iran;
- Recognition of the democratic right to self-determination of the Kurds and all nationals in the Kurdistan region, as the basis for a political solution to the “Kurdish Question”.
A poster designed by Choo Chon Kai from The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM)
Drones conducting air strikes since Sunday have targeted power stations, oil sites, schools and a COVID-19 hospital in Turkey’s attack on Kurdish-held regions in North and East Syria.
Meanwhile, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched missile and drone attacks against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in the Kurdistan Region, a day after Turkey’s air raids on Iraqi Kurdistan.