Wed, 03 Oct | ACMI

Official Launch Melbourne

Please join us for Advocates For Dignity's Melbourne branch official opening accompanied by the screening of an award winning documentary about Turkey with keynote speaker and special guest Prof. Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz, who features in the documentary.
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Official Launch Melbourne

Time & Location

03 Oct 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

About The Event

I would like to invite you to the official launch of the Advocates for Dignity (‘AFD’) Melbourne branch on Wednesday, 3rd of October 2018.

The AFD will celebrate the launch by showcasing the award-winning documentary film from the Los Angeles Film Festival titled ‘Erdogan: The Dictator’s Republic’, followed by a Q&A session with Prof Ihsan Yilmaz from Deakin University, who is a featured guest in the film.


AFD is a not for profit organisation, set up by a group of Turkish speaking Australian citizens, seeking to advocate for the rule of law, checks and balances, separation of powers, liberal democracy and the protection of human rights, with a special focus on Turkey and its diaspora.

As you may be aware, Turkey has recently been experiencing a dramatic decline in upholding democratic values and is sliding towards becoming a rogue state. Consequently, many innocent people have been inhumanely treated for no justifiable reason other than political motivation.

Thus far, 170,372 innocent people have been dismissed from their jobs, of those, 6,021 academics and 4,463 judges and prosecutors. A further 142,874 detained, 81,417 arrested, of those, more than 700 babies and 319 journalists (the highest in the world), 3,003 schools, dormitories and universities shut down, 189 media outlets shut down, hundreds of suspicious deaths and cases of torture and rape in detention, many desperate people who have tried to cross the Aegean sea and drowned, and deaths of family members of the detained from the pain of not being able to save their loved ones.

AFD’s mission is to inform Australia and its communities of the human rights abuses of innocent Turkish citizens - both in Turkey and abroad - by the current Turkish government, to call for action for the innocent people and to be of assistance to victims who have sought refuge in Australia.

There is a real need to advocate for the dignity of all people in the world, especially today with an unprecedented number of human tragedies unfolding across all corners of the globe. There are currently 60 armed conflicts in the world, 160 countries where human right violations had been investigated, restriction to freedom of expression in 119 different countries, and 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world. What better way to advocate such dignity by calling out the human rights violations committed by one’s own people, hence AFD’s plan to focus on Turkey.

Healthy relations with Turkey is very important for Australia and there are many reasons why, as outlined below:

Both Australia and Turkey fought a gentlemen’s war in Gallipoli and both countries established their modern states from the ashes of Gallipoli, where Australians continue to pay their respects in Gallipoli on ANZAC day. Gallipoli is the site where both countries have transformed their relationship from foes to friends.

Turkey is a fellow G20 nation and was once a beacon of hope to the world to demonstrate that a predominantly Muslim populated country could internalise democracy. It is hence important to continually urge Turkey to revert to the path of democracy, as it is an important strategic partner of the West.

Australia is home to over 100,000 Turkish backgrounded people.

Registrations will commence at 6:30pm. The program will be set at the iconic ACMI in Federation Square.

Program details are as below:

Date: Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

Time: 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start (9:00pm finish)

Venue: ACMI Cinema, Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD VIC 3000

Film: Screening of ‘Erdogan: A Dictator’s Republic’ by Upside Distribution. Narrated by Alfred Molina

Q&A: With Prof. Ihsan Yilmaz, Deakin University, Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, Alfred Deakin Institute.

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