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Turkey's 'academics for peace' face fresh charges

Yazar / Referans: 
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Tarih: 
31/10/2017

Scholars charged with terrorism offences almost two years after signing anti-war petition

Turkish academics who signed an anti-war petition could face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison after new charges were filed against them.

Almost two years after 1,128 people signed what has become known as the "Academics for Peace" petition in January 2016, which condemned military action in south-east Turkey, several of its signatories have been told they will face charges of “propagandising for a terrorist organisation”.

Defending Academic and Medical Independence in Turkey

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The Lancet
Tarih: 
27/07/2017

We write on behalf of 207 health professionals, academics, and researchers, and 25 health and human rights organisations from many countries (appendix). We wish to bring to the attention of The Lancet's readers alarming events taking place in Turkey, where the state has been waging a campaign of terror and punishment against thousands of health professionals and academics.

Full article: http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)32093-7.pdf

Statement of Solidarity with Turkish Academics from Prague Conference

Yazar / Referans: 
BAK
Tarih: 
20/05/2017

As participants in the Prague conference “Philosophy & Social Science” who consider themselves part of the tradition of critical theory we express our deep concern about our colleagues in Turkey who have been dismissed by executive decrees without due process and legal recourse. We extend our solidarity to all persecuted academics and specifically to Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça who are on an indefinite hunger strike in protest of the injustice they have experienced.

As Turkey’s academia faces desolation, a call for solidarity with imperiled scholars

Yazar / Referans: 
Karabekir Akkoyunlu, The Huffington Post
Tarih: 
17/03/2017

Like its fragile democracy, academic freedom has never been consolidated in Turkey. The budding vibrancy of university campuses in the 1960s gave way to growing political violence and radicalism during the 1970s. Hundreds of left-leaning academics were purged after the military coup of September 1980. Thousands more resigned, withdrew from public life or left the country under conditions of military dictatorship. The institutional legacy of that coup and the damage it inflicted on the country’s intellectual life have been far-reaching and enduring.

Chill is felt at Turkish universities after academics purged

Yazar / Referans: 
Humeyra Pamuk and Ece Toksabay, Reuters
Tarih: 
01/03/2017

Standing at a blackboard in an Ankara park, Sevilay Celenk delivers her lecture, titled: "Resisting with Stories". Several hundred students huddle in heavy coats against winter cold to listen as she describes the fears and struggles that echo through literature across societies.

This small amphitheatre has become her unofficial classroom since she was fired from her post as a media and communications lecturer at Ankara University, one of nearly 5,000 academics dismissed following July's failed army coup.

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