The Hon Julie Bishop
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Canberra.

Dear Ms Bishop,

The situation in Afrin worsens by the day. Kurdish civilians, children included, are being butchered by the Turkish military and their Islamist proxies.

We owe the Syrian Kurds an enormous debt of gratitude for their part in crushing the so-called Islamic State. We cannot look the other way while they are slaughtered by the forces of the Turkish despot Erdogan.

Please read Patrick Coburn’s latest article here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-afrin-crisis-turkish-forces-civilians-deaths-eastern-ghouta-assad-a8247206.html

Please summon the Turkish Ambassador and demand that his government immediately cease its aggression in Syria.

Also please raise the invasion in the United Nations.

Silence is complicity.

Regards,

Professor John Tully
Melbourne

• Senator Penny Wong
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Canberra.

Dear Senator Wong,

The situation in Afrin is worsening by the day, yet still the world — including Australia—looks the other way. Kurdish civilians and refugees from elsewhere in Syria are being butchered by Islamists and the Turkish military.

I implore you to raise this matter in parliament and to demand that Erdogan withdraws from Afrin.

Please read Patrick Coburn’s latest article here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-afrin-crisis-turkish-forces-civilians-deaths-eastern-ghouta-assad-a8247206.html

We cannot remain silent when crimes like this are being committed. It is all the more pressing that we act given that we owe the Syrian Kurds so much for their part in crushing the so-called Islamic State.

Regards,

Professor John Tully
Melbourne