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ARTICLE 19: Turkey: Academics for Peace trials violate free expression

ARTICLE 19 calls for the charges to be immediately dropped against all the signatories of the “Academics for Peace” petition and for anti-terror legislation to be reformed in line with international human rights standards.

A petition entitled “We will not be a party to this crime” was issued in January 2016 and garnered over one thousand signatures by academics and researchers from Turkey and abroad. The petition condemned government policy towards the Kurdish regions in Turkey and highlighted human rights violations occurring in the area. It further called for a reopening of the negotiations over the conflict in the South East. The Turkish authorities argue that the petition amounts to terrorist propaganda.

“There is a total lack of evidence against the Academics. Nothing in the petition can be understood as likely to incite violence or terrorism”, said Katie Morris, Head of Europe and Central Asia at ARTICLE 19. “It is clear that the Turkish authorities are abusing anti-terror legislation to silence critical voices”, she added.

The trials of 146 of the signatories started on 5 December 2017 and while the indictment is identical for each defendant, the cases are being dealt with separately. Trials of four other defendants started in April 2016. Twenty-seven of those charged for signing the petition were detained in January 2016 and later released on bail. Other signatories have been dismissed from their positions, threatened or pressured to resign. Read More

UCU campaign briefing on academic freedom in Turkey

What is happening in Turkey?
In January 2016, 1128 academics published a Peace Petition which called on the Turkish government to end its military campaign in the country’s south-east. President Erdogan denounced the signatories as terrorists , and those who signed the petition have been targeted with numerous investigations, dismissals and prosecutions Read More
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SOLIDARITY ACADEMIES

The following suggestions by Solidarity Academies are of critical importance, considering all the pressures and curbs encountered in scientific and academic work by academics dismissed by statutory decrees, or, in some cases, while still employed.

  • Solidarity Academies need to be recognized as formal entities without additional accreditation requirements.
  • The members of Solidarity Academies need to be authorized as project partners and/or principal investigators in international scientific research
  • Solidarity Academies may establish affiliations with relevant institutions. Such relations  might be cultivated through the means of consortia to be formed by universities and institutions outside Turkey.
  • The fact that many academics in Turkey are unable to travel abroad, and some strive to continue their research in Turkey should be taken into account during the process of organising and planning scholarships and funds. Therefore, the scholarship and funding policies need to be revised.
  • The postgraduate students who are signatories have been prevented from graduating from their programmes while either taking courses or writing their theses/dissertations in Turkey. These students need to be supported by means of distance education programs, academic supervision, and/or any other possible opportunities.
  • Solidarity Academies can be provided with free unlimited access to scientific databases, search engines, online catalogues of libraries of the universities and institutions in your network.
  • The academics dismissed by statutory decrees can be granted the opportunity to deliver part-time courses and seminars using online platforms.
  • These academics could be granted the opportunity to attend scientific and academic meetings and conferences by means of online tools, considering that many are not able to leave the country.
  • Considering the current social, cultural, and economic conditions in Turkey, the universities and institutions in your network are expected to understand and appreciate the fact that some academics experience difficulty in learning and/or improving a foreign language. Therefore language courses can be delivered to those academics online and with no or minimal charge.
  • Because of the current political atmosphere and conditions in Turkey, basic human rights, such as freedom of thought and expression, and academic freedoms are under great risk. This situation is becoming increasingly worse. Therefore, the universities and institutions in your network can put this fact on their agenda on an international scale, raise objections, and support the boycott as much as possible: https://academicboycottofturkey.wordpress.com/

 All these activities should be organized in coordination with Solidarity Academies. // Nov. 2017

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Call for solidarity for the academics for peace on trial

Violations of academic freedom and freedom of speech in Turkey have reached a dire situation.  The intimidations from Turkish government and its affiliates toward academics have escalated to legal action, whereby peace signatory academics face 7.5 years’ imprisonment if convicted for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

In January 2016, 1128 academics signed the Peace Petition, titled ‘We Will Not Be A Party To This Crime’ in order to draw the public’s attention to the brutal acts of violence perpetrated by the state in the Kurdish regions of Turkey.  Immediately after the release of the petition, many signatories were prosecuted, dismissed from their posts, and their citizenship rights were seized. A large number of academics including Nobel Prize laureates and members of major science academies around the world initiated a support campaign nationally and internationally. People from different professions, such as journalists, artists, screen actors and actresses, and writers voiced their support for the persecuted academics. More people signed the petition, yet the suppression on the signatory academics got fiercer; hundreds of more academics were dismissed with statutory decrees, their passports were confiscated, they were banned from public sector employment, and criminal investigations were launched. Many of those academics had to leave the country and are now facing extreme difficulties in re-settling their lives and professions. One of the signatory academics –Mehmet Fatih Traş– could not stand this injustice and committed suicide. The declaration of state of emergency in July 2016 after a military coup attempt further blurred the distinction between criminal investigations and political punishment, and opened an arduous and painful avenue for not only the academics but also for journalists, writers, teachers, artists and others who demand freedom of speech in Turkey.

The signatory academics abroad have recently initiated a targeted boycott towards the Turkish higher education system, and its complicit universities. The aim of the academic boycott is to ensure that all dismissals are revoked and the persecution of academics, exacerbated under the state of emergency regime, is ended. To this boycott, and continuous struggle of Academics for Peace, the government recently responded by a harsher strategy: signatory academics are sued on an individual basis based on the accusation of terror propaganda according to the Law on Struggle against Terrorism, Article 7/2. The public prosecutor proposes imprisonment extending to 7.5 years. The number of academics with indictments is increasing day by day, and their trials start on December 5, 2017.

Since the petition, one of the most important acts of support for the academics who demanded peace has been the solidarity from colleagues who are not content with Turkey’s oppressive regime and its fatal actions on freedom of speech. In this new turn, we are well aware that we will need a stronger voice of resistance and call for justice! This solidarity can be through standing by us in the court hearings starting December 5, 2017, sending monitoring teams, observers, and news-makers; spreading the word and raising the awareness for what is happening now in Turkey regarding the academics.

In order to stand in solidarity with the persecuted academics, we, the peace academics from North America, call on you to:

  1. Share and spread this call for solidarity; show your solidarity by following the trials, commenting on them in your blogs, social media and/or writing a news article. For more info on the latest attacks on academics in Turkey, please visit https://barisicinakademisyenler.net/ or http://mesana.org/pdf/Turkey20171017.pdf
  2. Contactbakuluslararasi@gmail.com if you want to attend the trials as an observer, or write to a human rights organization to send a delegate;
  3. Sign the petition https://academicboycottofturkey.wordpress.com/petition/ to support the targeted boycott on complicit universities in Turkey;
  4. Inform your professional organizations and university senate to take action against complicit institutions, such as The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK; tubitak.gov.tr/en);
  5. Support dismissed scholars financially by donating to the education union that supports them https://www.youcaring.com/academicsforpeaceinturkey-763983

TURKISH COURTS SET TO BEGIN HEARINGS OF PURGED DISSIDENTS IN ACADEMIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -PEN AMERICA

NEW YORK—The arbitrary use of judicial power in targeting signatories of the January 2016 Academics for Peace petition is the latest in a long series of legal charges filed against civil society actors by authorities, and demonstrates the Turkish government’s ongoing campaign to silent dissent in all its forms.On January 11, 2016, Academics for Peace circulated a petition titled “We Will Not be a Party to this Crime,” calling on the Turkish government to end its siege of Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey. After the failed July 2016 coup attempt, more than 4,000 academics were dismissed in a government effort to sweep out any opposition thinkers and Gulenist influences from higher education. Signatories of the Academics for Peace petition, many of whom have already been fired or forcibly retired from their positions, are now being tried on an individual basis on charges of “propagandizing for terror” under the Anti-Terror Law. The first court hearing is set for December 5, 2017, with others distributed among various criminal courts until April 2018. If convicted, more than 100 accused Academics for Peace signatories face up to seven and a half years in jail.“The continued targeting of academics in Turkey sends a chilling signal on freedom of thought and expression in institutions of higher education,” said Karin Deutsch Karlekar, PEN America Director of Free Expression at Risk Programs. “We call on the government to cease its criminalization of peaceful expression and safeguard, rather than persecute, prominent writers and thinkers in Turkey.”Freedom of expression in Turkey has deteriorated at an alarming rate since the coup attempt. Alongside a purging of academics and teachers, dozens of journalists, writers, and activists have been arrested, and more than 180 news outlets have been shut down by presidential decree. Turkey now jails the most journalists in the world, with more than 150 currently behind bars.https://pen.org/press-release/turkish-courts-set-begin-hearings-purged-dissidents-academia/

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University of Toronto Graduate Students Union  stands in solidarity with the Academics for Peace in Turkey

“On December 4, 2017, the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union (UTGSU) in its Annual General Meeting voted in favour of an emergency motion to stand in solidarity with the Academics for Peace in Turkey. The UTGSU represents close to 20 thousand graduate students at the University of Toronto. Here is the motion: Be it resolved that the UTGSU stands in solidarity with the Academics for Peace in Turkey. Be it further resolved that the UTGSU condemns the ongoing government repression against academics, journalists, human rights defenders, and the Kurdish citizens and supports the Academics for Peace demands. Be it further resolved that the UTGSU executive committee works with the Academics for Peace in Toronto and other relevant local organizations to publicly demonstrate support for the persecuted academics, human rights defenders and journalists in Turkey.”

 

Call for solidarity for the academics for peace on trial

Violations of academic freedom and freedom of speech in Turkey have reached a dire situation.  The intimidations from Turkish government and its affiliates toward academics have escalated to legal action, whereby peace signatory academics face 7.5 years’ imprisonment if convicted for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

In January 2016, 1128 academics signed the Peace Petition, titled ‘We Will Not Be A Party To This Crime’ in order to draw the public’s attention to the brutal acts of violence perpetrated by the state in the Kurdish regions of Turkey.  Immediately after the release of the petition, many signatories were prosecuted, dismissed from their posts, and their citizenship rights were seized. A large number of academics including Nobel Prize laureates and members of major science academies around the world initiated a support campaign nationally and internationally. People from different professions, such as journalists, artists, screen actors and actresses, and writers voiced their support for the persecuted academics. More people signed the petition, yet the suppression on the signatory academics got fiercer; hundreds of more academics were dismissed with statutory decrees, their passports were confiscated, they were banned from public sector employment, and criminal investigations were launched. Many of those academics had to leave the country and are now facing extreme difficulties in re-settling their lives and professions. One of the signatory academics –Mehmet Fatih Traş– could not stand this injustice and committed suicide. The declaration of state of emergency in July 2016 after a military coup attempt further blurred the distinction between criminal investigations and political punishment, and opened an arduous and painful avenue for not only the academics but also for journalists, writers, teachers, artists and others who demand freedom of speech in Turkey.

The signatory academics abroad have recently initiated a targeted boycott towards the Turkish higher education system, and its complicit universities. The aim of the academic boycott is to ensure that all dismissals are revoked and the persecution of academics, exacerbated under the state of emergency regime, is ended. To this boycott, and continuous struggle of Academics for Peace, the government recently responded by a harsher strategy: signatory academics are sued on an individual basis based on the accusation of terror propaganda according to the Law on Struggle against Terrorism, Article 7/2. The public prosecutor proposes imprisonment extending to 7.5 years. The number of academics with indictments is increasing day by day, and their trials start on December 5, 2017.

Since the petition, one of the most important acts of support for the academics who demanded peace has been the solidarity from colleagues who are not content with Turkey’s oppressive regime and its fatal actions on freedom of speech. In this new turn, we are well aware that we will need a stronger voice of resistance and call for justice! This solidarity can be through standing by us in the court hearings starting December 5, 2017, sending monitoring teams, observers, and news-makers; spreading the word and raising the awareness for what is happening now in Turkey regarding the academics.

In order to stand in solidarity with the persecuted academics, we, the peace academics from North America, call on you to:

  1. Share and spread this call for solidarity; show your solidarity by following the trials, commenting on them in your blogs, social media and/or writing a news article. For more info on the latest attacks on academics in Turkey, please visit https://barisicinakademisyenler.net/ or http://mesana.org/pdf/Turkey20171017.pdf
  2. Contact bakuluslarasi@gmail.com if you want to attend the trials as an observer, or write to a human rights organization to send a delegate;
  3. Sign the petition https://academicboycottofturkey.wordpress.com/petition/ to support the targeted boycott on complicit universities in Turkey;
  4. Inform your professional organizations and university senate to take action against complicit institutions, such as The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK; tubitak.gov.tr/en);
  5. Support dismissed scholars financially by donating to the education union that supports them https://www.youcaring.com/academicsforpeaceinturkey-763983

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Aufruf zur Solidarität mit den „Akademiker*innen für Frieden“ vor Gericht

 Die Verletzungen der Freiheit der Wissenschaft und der Meinungsfreiheit in der Türkei haben ein düsteres Ausmaß erreicht. Die Angriffe der türkischen Regierung auf Akademiker*innen sind zu Strafverfolgung eskaliert, wobei Akademiker*innen 7,5 Jahren Haft erwartet, sollten sie der „Propaganda für eine terroristische Organisation“ schuldig gesprochen werden.

Im Januar 2016 unterschrieben 1128 Akademiker*innen einen Friedensappell unter dem Titel „Wir werden kein Teil dieses Verbrechens sein“ um die Öffentlichkeit auf die brutale Gewalt des Staates in den kurdischen Gebieten der Türkei aufmerksam zu machen. Unmittelbar nach der Veröffentlichung des Appells, wurden viele Unterzeichnende verfolgt, entlassen und ihrer Bürgerrechte beraubt. Eine große Zahl von Akademiker*innen, darunter Nobelpreisträger und führende Wissenschaftler, auf dem gesamten Globus initiierten eine Solidaritätskampagne (sowohl national als auch international). Menschen aus verschiedensten Bereichen, wie Journalist*innen, Künstler*innen, Schauspieler*innen und Autor*innen erhoben ihre Stimme in Solidarität mit den verfolgten Akademiker*innen. Immer mehr Menschen unterschrieben den Appell, während die Verfolgung der Erstunterzeichner an Fahrt gewann; hunderte mehr Akademiker*innen wurden per Erlass entlassen, ihre Pässe wurden konfisziert, sie wurden aus dem öffentlichen Dienst entlassen und Strafverfolgung eingeleitet. Viele dieser Akademiker*innen waren gezwungen das Land zu verlassen und sehen sich jetzt massiven Schwierigkeiten entgegen, ihr Leben und ihren Beruf wiederaufzunehmen. Einer der Unterzeichner – Mehmet Firat Tras – ertrug diese Ungerechtigkeit nicht länger und beging Suizid. Die Ausrufung des Notstands nach einem Putschversuch im Juli 2016 ließ die Grenze zwischen Strafverfolgung und politischer Bestrafung weiter verschwimmen und öffnete einen beschwerlichen und schmerzhaften Weg, nicht nur für Akademiker*innen, sondern auch für Journalist*innen, Schriftsteller*innen, Lerhrer*innen, Künstler*innen und alle anderen Menschen, die in der Türkei Meinungsfreiheit einfordern.

Die unterzeichnenden Akademiker*innen im Ausland haben vor kurzem einen gezielten Boykott des türkischen Hochschulsystems und an der Verfolgung beteiligter Universitäten initiiert. Das Ziel des Boykotts ist die Aufhebung aller Entlassungen und die Verfolgung von Akademiker*innen, die mit Hilfe des Notstands durchgeführt wird, zu beenden. Auf diesen Boykott und den fortgesetzten Kampf der „Akademiker*innen für den Frieden“ antwortete die Regierung mit einer deutlich härteren Strategie: die Unterzeichnenden werden jeweils einzeln wegen des Vorwurfs der Terrorpropaganda, gemäß dem Antiterrorgesetz §7, Abs. 2, angeklagt. Die Staatsanwaltschaft fordert Haftstrafen bis zu 7,5 Jahren. Die Zahl von Akademiker*innen mit Verfahren steigt von Tag zu Tag und die ersten Prozesse beginnen am 5. Dezember 2017.

Seit der Unterzeichnung der Petition, ist die Solidarität von Kolleg*innen, die mit dem unterdrückerischen Regime in der Türkei und seiner massiven Angriffe auf die Meinungsfreiheit nicht konform gehen, die wichtigste Unterstützung für die „Akademiker*innen für den Frieden“. Angesichts der neuen Lage ist uns bewusst, dass wir eine lautere Stimme des Widerstandes und der Gerechtigkeit! Diese Solidarität kann darin bestehen uns vor Gericht am 5. Dezember 2017 beizustehen, Beobachterteams und Berichterstatter*innen zu schicken; sich zu Wort zu melden und die Öffentlichkeit darauf aufmerksam zu machen, was in der Türkei zur Zeit mit den Akademiker*innen geschieht.

In Solidarität mit den verfolgten Akademiker*innen rufen wir, die Akademiker*innen für den Frieden im Ausland, euch dazu auf:

  1. Unterschreiben Sie die Petition https://academicboycottofturkey.wordpress.com/petition/ um den gezielten Boykott beteiligter Hochschulen in der Türkei zu unterstützen.
  2. Informieren Sie ihre Fachorganisation und Ihre Hochschulleitung um Aktionen gegen beteiligte Institutionen wie TUBITAK  tubitak.gov.tr/en zu unterstützen.
  3. Kontaktieren sie bakuluslarasi@gmail.com um als Beobachter*in am Prozess teilzunehmen oder schreiben Sie einer Menschenrechtsorganisation einen Deligierten zu schicken.
  4. Unterstützen Sie entlassene Lehrende durch eine Spende an die Bildungsgewerkschaft, welche sie unterstützt https://www.youcaring.com/academicsforpeaceinturkey-763983
  5. Teilen und verbreiten Sie diesen Aufruf zur Solidarität; zeigen Sie ihre Solidarität indem sie die Prozesse verfolgen, sie auf Blogs, auf social media Kanälen und/oder in Zeitungsartikeln kommentieren. Für weitere Informationen über die jüngsten Angriffe auf Akademiker*innen in der Türkei besuchen Sie https://barisicinakademisyenler.net/English oder http://mesana.org/pdf/Turkey20171017.pdf

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Translators note: The emphasizes are adopted from the original version of the texts. Except for several minor paraphrases and some sentences rearranged in order to make the text more comprehensible, the translation follows nearly word-to-word the Turkish original. Additional remarks and explanations regarding the translation can be found in footnotes.

 REPUBLIC of TURKEY

ISTANBUL CHIEF PUBLIC PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

Investigation No. XXX

Docket No. XXX

Indictment No. XXX

THE BILL OF INDICTMENT

TO THE CONCERN OF THE HIGH CRIMINAL COURT OF ISTANBUL

The Plaintiff:   XXX

The personal information of the defendant(s) remains classified.

 The Alleged Crime:                           Propaganda for a terrorist organization

Date and Place of the Crime:          January 11, 2016, Propaganda for a terrorist organization

Article of Referral:                          Article 7/2 of the law numbered 3713, Article 53 of the Turkish Penal Code numbered 5237

Evidences:                                         The investigation report concerning the statement made by Bese Hozat, the co-president of the PKK/KCK terrorist organization’s executive committee, on December 27, 2015; the investigation reports about the suspects concerning their press declarations dated January 11, 2016 and March 10, 2016 that are of a supportive nature in relation to the PKK/KCK terrorist organization,; records of statement and interrogation reports of the suspects and the arrest warrants for them; and the scope of the whole investigation file.

THE EXAMINATION OF THE INVESTIGATION DOCUMENTS:

On the date of January 11, 2016, 1128 people in total including the suspect XXX working at XXX University, whose personal information is stated above, published the following declaration that supports the terrorist organization PKK/KCK[1]:

We will not be a party to this crime!  Em ê nebin hevparên vî sûcî!

As academics and researchers of this country, we will not be a party to this crime!

The Turkish state has effectively condemned its citizens in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, and many other towns and neighborhoods in the Kurdish provinces to hunger through its use of curfews that have been ongoing for weeks and by the attacks carried out in these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime,  the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated. 

This deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey’s own laws, international customary law, mandatory rules of international law and the international treaties to which Turkey is a party.

We demand the state immediately to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation policy imposed on the peoples of the region, particularly the Kurdish people, to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage and for this purpose, to give independent national and international observers access to the region and allow them to monitor and report on the incidents.

We demand the government to prepare the conditions for negotiations and create a road map that would lead to a lasting peace which includes the demands of the Kurdish political will. We demand inclusion of independent observers from broad sections of society in these negotiations and we also declare our willingness to volunteer as observers. We oppose suppression of any kind of the opposition.

We, as academics and researchers working on and/or in Turkey, declare that we will not be a party to this massacre by remaining silent and demand an immediate end to the violence perpetrated by the state and we promise to continue advocacy with political parties, the parliament, and international public opinion until our demands are met.

As can be clearly understood from the content of the published statement, the so-called peace declaration has the nature of explicit propaganda for the terrorist organization PKK/KCK.

It is understood that the essential intention of the declaration is to forge public opinion in favour of an end to the operations that have been initiated by the security forces in the regions, where so-called declarations of  “self-governance” were made, with the purpose of cleansing the regions of the terrorists and ensuring peace and prosperity for the residents of the region. Therefore, our Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has initiated an investigation numbered 2016/5734 based on the crime “propaganda for a terrorist organization”

While our Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, in the process of carrying out the investigation  numbered 2016/5734, had started to take statements of the suspects that have signed the declaration, it is determined that the suspects Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy, Muzaffer Kaya, and Meral Camcı have issued a press statement that has the nature of giving the message “We stand behind our declaration”  and whose essential intention is to continue to carry out propaganda for the PKK terror organization with the purpose of preventing the other suspects from withdrawing their signatures and of publicly showing that they are still able to challenge the Republic of Turkey.

In the mentioned press release dated March 10, 2016, it is stated that:

“As Academics for Peace, we have been the target of a campaign of false accusations and intimidation since the 11th of January 2016, when we made public our declaration titled “We will not be party to this crime.”  The vilification which we faced, verging on death threats against some signatories, was intended, first and foremost, to get us expelled from institutions of higher education, so that our voices could no longer be heard.  However our colleagues who embraced our demands for peace and democracy have entered into solidarity with us and gave us support. One of the most tangible expressions of this support was that the number of signatories, which was 1128 on the 11th of January, rose to 2212 within a week thereafter. Especially in these days when the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office is initiating legal action against us in order to step up the pressure, it is heartening to see that, as signatories, we are firmly united around our demand for peace.

Since the 11th of January, as a consequence of the acquiescence of many university administrations in the instructions of the Higher Educational Council, disciplinary actions without any legal basis have been taken against many of the signatories.  Many signatories have been arbitrarily fired from their jobs, their offices and homes searched, and some detained by the police.  Since the 11th of January, [as of 10 March] at least 9 dismissals, 5 resignations, 464 disciplinary investigations, 27 suspensions, 153 criminal investigations and 33 detentions have been recorded at public universities [of which there are 109]. At private universities [of which there are 84], at least 21 faculty members have been sacked, 1 was forced to retire and 43 face disciplinary investigation.

However, the issue which really sears our hearts today, and which should be resolved with the utmost urgency, is the establishment of the conditions for peace in the country.  Since the past two months, the state of war in the Kurdish areas has raged with all its might, and only ruins remain of the cities and towns where the state claims to have conducted “cleansing” operations. Ruins where all living beings as well as history have been destroyed and where only human bones and unrecognizably charred bodies are being recovered.

Since the beginning of this week [starting the 7th of March], the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office has started the process of legal investigations, even though they have not yet decided what charges will be levelled against us [the signatories].  However, we, as the Academics or Peace, would like to affirm that we will not step back, in spite of all the threats against our lives or our careers.  We will act in accordance with the responsibility which befalls us as academics and researchers of this country.  We will continue to strive with all our might, both for academic freedoms and for the institution of a lasting peace.

We therefore declare that we will accompany and establish solidarity with all our colleagues who face legal action and we will closely follow all such cases in the courts.  Starting from next week, we will keep academic vigil at Sur and the other towns which have undergone destruction. We will stage teach-ins in front of universities which have laid off signatories of the Academics for Peace statement

We know that the pressure brought to bear on academics asking for peace is part and parcel of the attempt at purging the universities of any dissident opinion. We are determined to wage a legal battle against this intended purge, to protect our academic domain for intellectual output, and to continue to loudly voice our demand for peace.”

The summary of the legal statement of the suspect given at the date of XXX:

The suspect has stated: “I hereby deny all of the accusations. I will not answer each of the individual questions. Instead, I am going to give a single answer covering all the questions”. Then the suspect has been asked if s/he sees PKK/KCK as a terrorist organization.

The suspect has been reminded that the declaration s/he has signed contains the expression “We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation imposed on the peoples of the region, particularly the Kurdish people”, then s/he has been asked “what the actual intention and meaning of this expression is and who in her/his idea had committed the massacre” and “if s/he thinks that the Republic of Turkey has committed a massacre?”,

The suspect has been reminded that the declaration that s/he has signed contains the expression “we demand (the state) to compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage” and “for this purpose we demand the state to give independent national and international observers access to the region and allow them to monitor and report on the incidents” and s/he has been asked “in the name of who s/he has demanded the mentioned observers and compensations”,

The suspect has been reminded that the declaration that s/he has signed contains the expression “…has effectively condemned its citizens… to hunger… and by the attacks carried out in these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime, the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated” and s/he has been asked “who actually violates and hinders the use of these rights”.

The suspect has declared “I have signed the mentioned declaration dated January 11, 2016 for the purpose of the establishment of the right to peaceful co-existence. The mentioned declaration falls under the scope of freedom of thought and expression and it does not constitute a crime. The other questions that are directed at me are explicitly contrary to the provision mentioned in  the Article 25/2 of the Constitution assuring that no one can be compelled to reveal her/his opinions and thoughts. I hereby deny the alleged accusation”.

In order to understand the real intention behind the declarations that aim to make propaganda for the terrorist organisation, it is necessary to evaluate the period preceding the time that the declarations were publicized and the period in which the declarations were published:

In Turkey, as a result of the conflicts that have commenced in the 1980’s and that have endured for more than 30 years, approximately between 40,000 and 100,000 lives were lost and an incontrovertible amount of economic loss has occurred. The legal regulation that aims to solve the long lasting Eastern and South-Eastern problem was submitted to the approval of the President of the Republic by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on July 11, 2014 and after approval by Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic on July 15, it was published in the Official Gazette under the name of “Law on Ending Terror and Strengthening Social Integration”. The law specified the specific works to be carried out by the government of the Republic of Turkey as part of this solution process.

In order to explain the solution process to the public, commissions composed of writers, academics and artists that would actively work on the seven regions of the country and carry out regional meetings were constituted and these commissions were introduced to the public on April, 4th.

While this process was pursued by the government of the Republic of Turkey despite all kinds of obstructions and difficulties like the attempt on February the 7th, on the 22th of July 2015, two police officers were martyred by being shot in the neck by the PKK in their homes in Ceylanpınar, Şanlıurfa as a so-called retaliation against the suicide bomb attack organized by the terrorist organization ISIS in Suruç, Şanlıurfa on the date of July 20, 2015.

After this assault, the terrorist organization PKK started to dig trenches, build barricades and set up bombed traps at the entrances of districts and on streets in order to hinder the security forces from entering these districts and to position themselves at an advantage in the conflict against these security forces.

In this context, the first incident occurred on August 7, 2015 as the security forces that had arrived at the Başak and Barbaros districts of Silopi, Şırnak in order to fill up the mentioned trenches were attacked by the terrorist members of the organisation using rocket launchers and long-barrelled weapons.

On August 10, 2015, the so-called “self-governance” was declared in the province of Şırnak by the so-called Popular Assembly of Şırnak of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK. Following this, on the 12th of August, 2015, following the statement by the terrorist organization PKK/KCK, so-called “self-governances” were declared in Silopi, Cizre and Nusaybin.

On December 22, 2015, Bese Hozat, the Co-Chairperson of the Executive Council of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK made a statement via media under the control of the organisation, saying “The literate and democratic circles should support the self-governances” which actually bears the nature of a directive addressed to the suspects.

At the extraordinary congress held by The Democratic Society Congress (DTK) on December 27, 2015, the so-called declaration of self-governance consisting of 14 articles was published.

Following this declaration, it is seen that same so-called “self-governances” were declared in Yüksekova District of Hakkari Province, Varto and Bulanık districts of Muş Province, Edremit and İpekyolu Districts of Van Province, Sur, Silvan and Lice Districts of Diyarbakır Province, Doğubeyazıd District of Ağrı Province, Hizan District of Bitlis Province, the Province of Batman, the Districts of Gülsüyu and Gazi of İstanbul Province and that in order to hinder the security forces to enter these so-called self-governed regions, trenches were dug, barricades built and bombed traps set up by members of the terrorist organization.

In the following period, upon the directives of the Official Governors, curfews were declared from time to time in the regions of the so-called self-governance and operations were commenced by the security forces in order to cleanse these regions of terrorists.

At the current stage, it appears that the operations have been finished in the İdil District of Şırnak Province and Sur District of Diyarbakır Province.

Regarding the mentioned operations, the press release by the Turkish Armed Forces on its official website, www.tsk.tr, dated March 9, 2016 and numbered BA-66/16, reports that:

 “On February 16, 2016, relying on the directive issued by the Prime Ministry dated December 13, 2015, and upon the reinforcement demand of the Governorate of Şırnak pursuant to the Article 11/d of the Law for Provincial Administration numbered 5442, an operation together with the forces of the General Directorate of Security was commenced in order to end the activities of the separatist terrorist organization and to re-establish public security, order and peace,

As a result of the operation finished on March 08, 2016, 113 members of the separatist terrorist organization were neutralized, 192 barricades were dismantled and removed, 71 trenches were filled up, 428 improvised explosives were destroyed, and 249 weapons were seized together with 4,731 pieces of ammunition belonging to these weapons, 16 walkie-talkies and 451 kg of materials to be used in the production of improvised explosives,

Detailed security searches, the dismantling and filling up of existing barricades and trenches, the defusing of improvised explosives in the region continue to be carried out, and as of today ((March 09, 2016) 7 more members of the separatist terrorist organization have been neutralized as a result of the security search activities and the total number of terrorists that have been neutralized has risen up to 120”.

And in the press release dated March 10, 2016 and numbered BA-67/16, it was reported that;

“The joint operation that was commenced in order to end the activities of the separatist terrorist organization and to re-establish public security, order and peace on December 18, 2015 together with the forces of General Directorate of Security, upon the reinforcement demand of the Governorate of Diyarbakır on December 17, 2015 pursuant to the Article 11/d of the Law for Provincial Administration numbered 5442 has been finished on the date of March 09, 2016,

As a result of this operation, 279 members of the separatist terrorist organization were neutralized, 206 barricades were dismantled and removed, 7 trenches were filled up, 365 improvised explosives were destroyed, and 504 weapons were seized together with 48,048 pieces of ammunition belonging to these weapons, 10 walkie-talkies and 3470 kg of materials to be used in the production of improvised explosives,

Detailed security search, the dismantling and filling up of the existing barricades and trenches, the defusing of improvised explosives in the region continue to be carried out”.

During the period in which the operations were being carried out by the security forces in order to cleanse those regions in which  the terrorist organization PKK/KCK had declared so-called “self-governance” from terrorists and to ensure the peace and prosperity of the local communities;

On December 22, 2015, Bese Hozat, the Co-Chairperson of the Executive Council of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK made a statement via media under the control of the organisation, saying “The literate and democratic circles should support the self-governances”,

At the extraordinary congress held by The Democratic Society Congress (DTK) on December 27, 2015, the so-called declaration of self-governance consisting of 14 articles was published, and immediately after this, on January 11, 2016, the declarations that are subjected to our investigation were publicized.

GENERAL EVALUATION REGARDING THE DECLARATIONS PUBLICIZED ON JANUARY 11, 2016 AND MARCH 10, 2016:

The initiative called Academics for Peace has been organizing, since 2012, activities aimed at the solution of the problem in eastern and southeastern Turkey on the so-called principles of “peace and democracy”. Simultaneous to the calls of the leaders of the PKK/KCK on their militants, since the end of 2015, to resist the so-called “violent massacre and genocide” committed by the state in the settlements located in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey, to stir up revolts and declare self-governances, the Academics for Peace initiative mobilized and submitted the petition “We Will Not Be a Party to This Crime” with the support of domestic and foreign academics. By organizing defamation campaigns against the Republic of Turkey, its government, judiciary, army and security forces using press and media, they have carried out propaganda for the armed terrorist organization PKK/KCK in a way that justifies or promotes its methods including force, violence and threats.

When examined from a historical perspective and within a cyclical approach, the text of the declaration, both in respect of its preparation period and timing and of its content, appears as a theoretical component of the acts of violence committed by the terrorist organization PKK/KCK in the settlements located in eastern and southeastern Turkey. It is clear that the plan for the settlements in eastern and southeastern Turkey depicted in the declaration is completely delusional and without any solid foundation and that the declaration has initiated a campaign of incrimination and been used as a tool for propaganda. The fact that the declaration was publicized in the period when the PKK started its bloody assaults on security forces and civilians bears a particular importance within the context of the incident.

Following the propaganda for said terror organization by means of the publicized declaration signed by persons with academic titles, whose opinions are highly regarded in society due to the scientific studies they carry out, the state officials unavoidably became concerned and uneasy about the intensification of terrorist activities in the country. By influencing its audiences on domestic and international platforms through several media organs, the declaration was intended to and used to manipulate the instances occurring in eastern and southeastern Turkey, to spread false, baseless and malicious news through disinformation and information pollution, to target the Republic of Turkey, its government, its army and security forces by depicting the state not as a sovereign entity but rather as an “illegitimate, destructive power” through counter-propaganda, and to legitimize the methods of force, violence and threat of the armed terrorist organization PKK/KCK and consequently, to carry out propaganda in favour of actions that adopt these methods.

Further, the propaganda carried out through the mentioned declaration aims to throw the country into turbulence and to obtain the control over the thoughts of people considered as respondents and interlocutors in the field by affecting them, prompting them to take an active stance and demoralizing the public in general.

The mentioned academics have intentionally published manipulated and distorted information via several media organs by misrepresenting the measures taken by the government, army and the security forces aimed at safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country and preventing crime by blaming Turkey for  “… practically condemning people to hunger and thirst under the name of curfew”, “…attacking these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime”, “… violating particularly the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment that have been protected by the constitution and international conventions that Turkey has undersigned”, “… this deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey’s own laws and international treaties to which Turkey is a party, the international customary law and the binding norms of international law”. They went further and carried out a propaganda campaign against the Republic of Turkey and in favour of the armed terrorist organisation PKK/KCK by asking “…the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents”, “…the government to prepare the conditions for negotiations and create a road map that would lead to a lasting peace which includes the demands of the Kurdish political movement”, “…the state to immediately end to the violence it perpetrates against its citizens”. It is important to note here that sustaining a democratic society requires securing the territorial integrity and public safety of the Republic of Turkey, maintaining the people’s sense of integrity and togetherness, establishing the public order and security and preventing such kinds of crimes.

Even though the academics that signed the declaration in question, playing a special role as bearing the title of scientists, had the right to express their reactions within the borders defined by the law and in a manner that respects the dignity, honour, prestige and rights of the Republic of Turkey, they instead made propaganda for the terrorist organisation by preparing a declaration that contains dishonouring expressions and that manipulates and distorts the factual truths and they have therefore committed a crime.

Upon reading the declaration, people will be unaware of the methods of force, violence and threat that the PKK has employed in the region for years. Especially foreign people who are ignorant or indifferent to the realities of the region or who carry out activities against Turkey despite their knowledge of the issue, perceive the incident as “an assault and massacre carried out by the state against innocent and oppressed people of the region” and spread this interpretation through chains of dissemination. When the text is attentively examined, it is obvious that the academics that signed the mentioned declaration have deliberately resorted to this method and exceeded the borders of criticism, that they have meticulously chosen the terms and concepts used and that they have sought to legitimise the armed terrorist organisation PKK/KCK through the messages they aimed to convey.

It is also seen that those academics that signed the declaration without reading it thoroughly and understood that the content of the text exceeds the limits of criticism have stated that “They have subsequently understood that the declaration adopts an attitude that is partial and far from serving the aim of attaining peace”.

The academics that prepared the declaration have deliberately changed some of the expressions and concepts in the foreign language versions of the text. Through professional touches in the texts they submitted to the foreigners, they have taken pains to carry out propaganda for the PKK/KCK in a way that legitimizes its methods of force, violence and threat or that promotes the adoption of these methods.

The texts of the declaration shall therefore be examined.

The English version of the declaration goes as follows:

As academics and researchers of this country, we will not be a party to this crime!

The Turkish state has effectively condemned its citizens in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, and many other towns and neighborhoods in the Kurdish provinces to hunger through its use of curfews that have been ongoing for weeks. It has attacked these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime. As a result, the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated.

This deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey’s own laws and international treaties to which Turkey is a party. These actions are in serious violation of international law.

We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.

We demand the government to prepare the conditions for negotiations and create a road map that would lead to a lasting peace which includes the demands of the Kurdish political movement. We demand inclusion of independent observers from broad sections of society in these negotiations. We also declare our willingness to volunteer as observers. We oppose suppression of any kind of the opposition.

We, as academics and researchers working on and/or in Turkey, declare that we will not be a party to this massacre by remaining silent and demand an immediate end to the violence perpetrated by the state. We will continue advocacy with political parties, the parliament, and international public opinion until our demands are met.[2]

When the English version of the text is examined, it is seen that a discriminatory and separatist discourse has been employed by referring to the phrase “the provinces of Kurdistan”[3], a term that PKK/KCK uses to signify the eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey. Similarly, the phrase “Kurdish political will” in the Turkish version has been replaced with the phrase “Kurdish political movement”. The declaration that is the product of a scenario that aims to create a perception within the international public that there exists a political and geographical region called “Kurdistan” in Turkey and that the PKK, the organiser of acts of terror in eastern and southeastern Turkey, is the representative of the “Kurdish political movement”, has aimed to make propaganda for the terrorist organisation that works towards the disintegration of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Turkey and to gain domestic and international support in favour of the organisation.

It should not be forgotten that the PKK, especially after the arrest of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the organisation, has spent much effort in the international arena to be accepted and addressed as the “legitimate will and the political representative of Kurdish people”. At that very point, it must be stressed that the Academics for Peace initiative has the manner of an organisation that, under a legal cloak, aims to execute the decisions taken by the PKK.

Again, it must be stressed that the PKK, in accordance with its “Serhildan” theory, recently started planning activities with an aim to deeply influence its audience by voicing its “democratic rights demands” in a way that is seemingly in conformity with the laws but contrary to their essence in its substance; and it must be stressed that the declaration publicized by Academics for Peace initiative must be evaluated within this context.

It is probably beyond doubt that the academics that legitimize the destructive activities of the terrorist organisation that seeks to establish a new political authority by abolishing the political will of the Republic of Turkey in the mentioned region, using heavy machine-guns, mortars, rocket launches, anti-aircraft guns, demolition bombs enhanced by chemical and physical components, trying to prevent the security forces from entering and controlling the self-governance regions by digging up trenches and setting up traps, harming state officials and civilians by entering into conflict on the streets and accusing the state/government which aims to establish order in the region by reference to its sovereignty, to carry out a deliberate and planned “massacre”, are aware of the meanings and equivalents of these concepts and expressions in the domestic and international law and of what it means to invite international “independent observers” to a sovereign state in order to solve its domestic problems. Besides, while making propaganda for the legitimisation of the terrorist organisation, the mentioned academics have not hesitated to sign an accusation that targets the Republic of Turkey, its Government, judiciary, army and security forces.

It should not be glossed over that this community of academics, which, in order to draw a veil over the assaults carried out against the Turkish army and security forces, accuses the Republic of Turkey, its government, army and security forces for committing a massacre, more openly, for “massively exterminating/slaying” the people of the region, has taken on the duty to become the seeming legal protector of the PKK/KCK that aims to neutralize and wipe out the governmental institutions in the region.

Including under-developed countries, no state or government in the world fighting terrorist organisations shall deem the statements of persons that accuse it of committing a “massacre”, that degrade it or make propaganda in a way that legitimates or promotes the methods of force, violence and threat of terrorist organisations that aim to abolish its existence, within the borders of freedom of thought or the right to critique. For example, an academic would not be able to accuse the United States of America or any member state of the European Union of carrying out a massacre against Al-Qaida and ISIS, whom they have actively been fighting. The legal systems of the respective countries would never let this happen. The ones who act contrary to this would become subject to sanctions on the grounds of committing a crime against her/his country and even for betrayal. The direct involvement of the domestic signatory academics has laid the ground for foreign academics in to participate by a declaration that contains propaganda for an organisation that aims to annihilate the state and the government of Republic of Turkeywithout considering the risks. Through the act of making propaganda for the mentioned text in international platforms, the domestic academics that prepared and signed the declaration have committed a crime against the Republic Turkey to which they are affiliated.

The foreign academics that have signed the text or supported the signatories have supported their so-called Turkish colleagues through propaganda campaigns organized abroad (by writing articles and letters, giving lectures and holding press conferences etc.). And this is an indicator of the fact that, an organized and extensive action against the Republic of Turkey and its Government has been organized with multifaceted and intricate international connections.

Additionally, some academics that hold positions in the universities of Istanbul have argued that “the prosecutor’s office has started an investigation before specifying the crime” and have therefore directly served the ends of the organisation by initiating a campaign of abuse that seeks to render the judiciary a target of domestic and international public opinion.

Chris Stephenson, a lecturer at Bilgi University, in solidarity with his so-called colleagues under custody, arrived at the Court House of Istanbul carrying material in his bag deliberately to be used for propaganda for the terrorist organisation and wanted to support the defamation campaign in the international community against Turkey.

The defamation propaganda and campaign against Turkey was furthered by several foreign organisations which cancelled events they had planned to hold in Turkey in referenced to “the pressure imposed on academics and the violations of their rights”, but essentially to render Turkey a target of international public opinion. It is impossible to assume that these kinds of activities that seek to magnify the propaganda by depicting Republic of Turkey and its Government as unrighteous even though it is hundred percent right, have arisen on their own accord and independently of each other.

As the legal process regarding some of the academics that signed the declaration began, their colleagues and fellow signatories prepared a second declaration to consolidate their propaganda campaign. The signatories of the second declaration sought to cast a shadow on the investigations and targeted the higher education institutions, security and judiciary organs. With expressions like “human bones and burned out human bodies have been found in the provinces and historical artefacts have been damaged”, they went further and tried to make the Republic of Turkey and its Government pay for activities that are actually carried out by the PKK.

In order to shape public opinion, the relevant academics held various press conferences, carried out so-called watch duties, organised demonstrations and, in order to present the detained academics as victims, they tried to carry out protests on the themes of “freedom of thought and expression” and “the right to criticize” by way of all kinds of written and oral means of communication, using in particular the media, and used all this as a cloak for the committed crime.

Those academics subject to administrative actions in their universities and those that have been dismissed from their posts have given lectures under the name “Solidarity Academies” and have thereby provoked the public and the students of the universities they were affiliated to against the Republic of Turkey and its Government.

Looking at the methods and expressions employed, it is our understanding that the academics that signed the declaration prepared the ground for partitions by creating a sense of mistrust towards the state and the government within the national and international public and by creating social separations, and consequently that they planned to destroy public order, weaken the state and to reach their goal by stressing that “a chaotic environment reigns the country’s East and South-East, and the judiciary is acting under the influence of the politicians”.

Undoubtedly, it is a democratic right to sign a document that contains no criminal elements. But the academics that expressed their desire to implement an environment of peace and democracy in the country signed a declaration that contains criminal elements in that it legitimizes a terrorist organisation that seeks to bring about a civil war by digging trenches, attacking security forces and using civilians as human shields, and that, in the subsequent environment of chaos, seeks to lift the state’s sovereignty in the region. They signed a declaration that further accuses the state forces that attempt to assure the unity, integrity, peace and order of the country of “carrying out massacre”.

It cannot be within the limits of the freedom of thought to attribute a concrete act or stance to a person or institution that would compromise its honour, dignity, esteem or prestige or to make claims regarding that person or institution that are contrary to the facts. Even in the most libertarian states, expressions of insult are not protected and propaganda for terrorist organisations is not tolerated.

In Spain, a country that has fought the armed terrorist organisation ETA for many years, it is forbidden to vindicate those that partook in acts of terror by any means, including mass communication, to make statements that would humiliate the victims of these crimes and to use expressions that glorify the terrorist organisation. Persons who commit these crimes are punished in accordance with the penal code. Even though ETA has declared to lay down arms, some people were detained during a commemoration ceremony in 2015 on the grounds that they glorified and made propaganda for the terrorist organisation.

Likewise, in the United Kingdom, following many years of struggle against the terrorist organisation IRA and more recent attacks by international terrorist organisations, statements that are perceived as terror propaganda by its audience and that would encourage this audience to commit terrorist actions are punishable according to the anti-terror law.

In the United States of America, which was targeted by international terrorist organisations in recent years, the Supreme Court, with a view to the interests of the country, has prohibited terrorist organisations to give statements aimed at manipulating and distorting truths and threatening the country. Besides, in USA, not only those that make propaganda for terrorist organisations, but also those assumed to be connected to these organisations face heavy sanctions, get deported or banned from entering the country.

The ECHR also accepts that statements can be limited which incite people to hatred and hostility based on discrimination by reference to religion, language and ethnicity on the grounds of national security, public order territorial integrity, recognizing that, “even though they generally regard a specific region, actions that can harm the territorial integrity and the national security of a country do concern the existence of the entire state and the country”.

In addition, a state’s preventative measures must be taken in a reasonable way considering that the ECHR has stated that “in evaluating the incidents, the margin of appreciation of a state which sees the country’s integrity under threat is greater than the margin of one faced with effects of a more singular dimension”.

Similarly, the ECHR has decided that “critical evaluations can be asserted insofar as they establish the truth” and found statements wrong that sought to depict the state and its institutions negatively through untruthful and groundless claims.

Moreover, the ECHR “accepts that all kinds of ungrounded, malicious and defamatory statements can be arranged/corrected by the norms of criminal law. Given that the ECHR,  for instance, rejected accusations regarding Nazism that indirectly bring to mind a massacre, it should not be compatible with the law to legitimize the methods of force, violence and threat of the PKK/KCK or to make propaganda in a way that encourages the employment of these methods by accusing the state, the government, the judiciary, the army and the security forces of committing a massacre.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, by analysing the text of the declaration and the actions simultaneously carried out, it is considered evident that the texts of declaration in question cannot be deemed within the limits of freedom of expression and the right to critique; that the text is essentially not different from declarations published by the PKK; that the text does not defend human rights but instead defends and makes propaganda for the PKK which violates human rights; that the heading of the text and concepts and phrases like massacre, torture and deportation have been consciously selected and used/stressed in the text and that the academics are aware of the associations they make through these meanings; that the methods and statements that seek to legitimize the methods of force, violence and threat of the terrorist organisation PKK/KCK, which is the perpetrator and the cause of the incidents in the region, have been promoted; that the text aims to prevent the Republic of Turkey from taking measures against acts of terror; that it contains messages aiming to incite chaos in the country and adopts related objectives; that the state is humiliated and accused of pursuing measures aimed at preventing humanitarian needs from being catered for in the region; that it has sought prevent the government, the army and the security forces from carrying out their duties; that it has sought to make foreign states intervene in the domestic affairs of Turkey by attracting their attention; that, in the style and jargon of the PKK/KCK, totally ungrounded defamations like “the state has carried out a massacre and implemented a deliberate policy of deportation in the region, targeting particularly the Kurdish people” have been made; that, with this emphasis, ethnic discrimination and separatism has been committed; that the legitimacy and the raison d’être of the Republic of Turkey is sought to be abolished by asking it to negotiate with the terrorist organisation; that counter-perception campaigns have been pursued by asserting that the state is committing violence against the PKK, which is the actual source of the violence in the region; that, judging by the process of its announcement, the timing, the way of its publication, its proclamations and by the remarks of the academics and their statements before the prosecutor’s office, the declaration is part of an organised action guided by the PKK-KCK; that expressions aimed at exerting social pressure, fear, intimidation and suppression were used in the declaration; that the declaration has the tone of a threat at domestic and international levels; that the second declaration publicized in response to the investigations has the same character as the first one; that instead of finding a solution, it was sought to aggravate the problem through academic watches and street lectures; that the public and the youth of the universities were sought to be included as participants in the crimes committed; that the academics, assuming a special responsibility in the time of conflict and tension, have supported the provocation of violence and the dissemination of hatred; and that they have sought to destroy the unity, togetherness and integrity of the people. Therefore, it is understood that the academics that signed the declaration have carried out propaganda in a way that legitimizes the coercive, violent and threatening actions of the terrorist organisation PKK/KCK or encourages the employment of these methods by presenting the Republic of Turkey as the responsible body and perpetrator of the incidents that have occurred, through the actions it has taken for assuring its security, territorial integrity, public safety and order against the incidents of violence that have been carried out under the responsibility and the prepetratorship of the terrorist organisation PKK/KCK,.

It is hereby claimed and demanded that the suspect be judged by the office of your respective court and be punished in accordance with the applicable articles that have been stated above and that fall under the scope of the suspect’s actions.

Public Prosecutor’s Office

[1] Translators note: The Turkish version of the declaration and the English version that has been published by Academics for Peace contain minor phrasal differences between each other. As the prosecutor examines the Turkish and English versions seperately, it was seen necessary to introduce the text in a version that reflects the Turkish version more precisely. The English version published by Academics for Peace can be found in the following sections.

[2] Translators note: The original text is followed by a Turkish translation of the declaration.

[3] Translators note: Here it s important to note that the English version of the declaration that was publicized by the Academics for Peace initiative does not include the phrase “Kurdistan”. But while translating the English version to Turkish, the prosecutor has taken the phrase “Kurdish provinces” in the English version as the “provinces of Kurdistan” and used this inexact translation as an evidence.

Statement from the  British Alevi Federation

The British Alevi Federation (BAF) has decided to provide financial support to 5 Academics for Peace signatories who had lost their jobs as a result of state of emergency decrees or administrative dismissals. The support is for 12 months, with priority given to younger and female academics. The financial support, funded through donations by members of the Alevi community in the UK, is a meaningful symbol of solidarity. It also reflects determination on the part of the Alevi community to be on the side of those who fight for peace and democracy in Turkey – and beyond.

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ACADEMY IN EXILE – Germany

Academics from the Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) have set up an Academy in Exile.

The Academy in Exile is located both in Berlin and Essen. It was initiated by scholars associated with the “Academics for Peace” petition of 2016 and provides a platform for scholars from Turkey to continue their work in exile and to help create an academic program of critical Turkish Studies.

The Academy has issued a call for funded research aimed at scholars from or in Turkey. The call provides for six two-year fellowships, funded with support from the Volkswagen Foundation. Eligible are scholars from all fields in the humanities, law, economics and social sciences who are at risk or in exile because of their academic work and/or civic engagement with human rights and the pursuit of academic freedom.

The fellowships provide scholars with the opportunity to re-establish their scholarship in Germany and work on a research project of their own choosing in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows will contribute to the research agenda and intellectual profile of the Academy in Exile generally.

The Academy in Exile provides a forum for a continued engagement with questions of religious and ethnic diversity, gender and sexuality, and civic engagement for peace, democracy, citizenship and human rights. With this first funding round for scholars from Turkey, this initiative intends to stimulate Turkish Studies and promote wider debate about authoritarian movements and threats to academic freedom.

ETUCE ACTIVITY REPORT ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Turkey
In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, EI/ETUCE together with other international and European institutions and organisations expressed their greatest concerns about the Turkish government’s mass dismissals of public employees, especially Turkish education personnel. ETUCE opposes that the large-scale and undemocratic actions undertaken by the Turkish authorities undermine not only the well-functioning of academic freedom but jeopardise quality education for all in Turkey as a whole. In the last few months, EI/ETUCE have repeatedly called on the Turkish government to respect their international commitments and obligations.
At the recent ETUCE Conference in Belgrade on 5-8 December 2016, ETUCE member organisations reaffirmed their commitment to strive and advocate for democracy and fundamental rights as cornerstones for quality education. To that effect and unanimously adopting the Resolution “Solidarity with the Turkish education community”, they clearly confirmed their aim to further support and
demonstrate solidarity with their Turkish member organisation, Eğitim Sen, and its affiliates.
Education International and ETUCE have conducted numerous actions in supporting the Turkish education community, such as statements , joint support and solidarity letters with other trade unions (eg. with the European Public Services Union (EPSU)) and Education International and ETUCE also cooperate with EPSU, ETUC, ITUC, Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on this issue.

Furthermore, ETUCE Conference on 6-8 December 2016 adopted a Resolution on “Solidarity with the Turkish education community” aiming to further support and demonstrate solidarity with Eğitim Sen and its affiliates.
On 27-28 February 2017, Education International and ETUCE organised a mission to Ankara. The mission was led by ETUCE President Christine Blower and ETUCE European Director Susan Flocken, and comprised representatives from 11 member organisations from Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The aim of the mission was to obtain a direct apprehension of the situation and of the scope and impact that the application of the emergency decree
has on education staff and society as a whole in Turkey, as well as to strengthen and reconfirm education trade unions’ solidarity with the Turkish education community. The delegation met representatives from EI affiliate Eğitim Sen, the Turkish Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions (KESK), the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, the ILO, and UNICEF, and with officials of various embassies in Ankara, along with dismissed teachers. The report9 on the mission can be found in ETUCE website.
EI and ETUCE and their member organisations continue supporting Eğitim Sen and the education community in Turkey and demonstrating financial solidarity with Eğitim Sen by making a contribution to the EI Solidarity Fund. The contributions to the EI Solidarity Fund made in support of Turkish colleagues will ensure that legal assistance to Turkish education personnel in need can be provided sustainably via Eğitim Sen. Eğitim Sen reported that through its efforts and international support, it has been able to help
10,407 suspended education personnel to return to their duties. The union provides legal assistance to education employees regardless of their affiliation to the union.
ETUCE continues monitoring the situation in the country. Read more

Academics Signing Peace Declaration Sued for ‘Terrorist Propaganda’

Lawsuits are being filed against academics who have signed the peace declaration “We will not be a party to this crime” on charge of “terrorist propaganda”. Read More

Statement for Academics’ lawyer Mr.Meriç Eyüboğlu

Yesterday, the legal procedure against the signatories for peace evolved into a final phase in Turkey as one signatory was called to give a statement again. That was predictable since January 2016, when many signatories were summoned to police stations to give their statements. Today, our lawyer Meric Eyuboglu met the prosecutor responsible for the case. The information we have gathered from the meeting, and our interpretation based upon it, are as follows:

  • The prosecutor has opted for individual criminal charges against each signatory even though he might well have preferred class action lawsuit. He claimed that, by opting for individual criminal charges, he wished to speed up the legal process. However, as we presumed from the interview, he wants to prevent the collective action of the defenders.
  • We understand that criminal charges are not yet ready for all the signatories as the prosecutor proceeds in a piecemeal fashion. We do not believe that his way of action indicates any particular meaning or preference. In that sense, we recommend to all of you to keep in mind that, nobody is subjected to any “special treatment”. For instance, the prosecutor says he is now dealing with the Galatasaray and Istanbul University but has not been able to start the legal process for the signatories in Marmara University. We understand that there is a roadmap based on the list of universities, which is not necessarily a list of importance.
  • It is also understood the trials will be held in Istanbul regardless of where they work or live. Yet, as we mentioned above, there is “a logic of list.”
  • The prosecutor has also stated that he has not yet decided on those who did not or were not able to testify at the police station. So it is quite normal that nobody in that situation finds anything concerning them on the digital judiciary network of the Turkish state (UYAP).
  • The interview with the prosecutor along with all overall content of the criminal charges indicates that they want to start from the beginning, which is the TMK 7/2 (criminal charge for terrorism propaganda).
  • It is quite obvious that separate trials are aimed at speeding up the process. Nevertheless, this does not preclude demanding the unification of all the trials because the same accusation is made for the same act.

As we indicated at the beginning, we have reached the phase we had been expecting since January 2016. However, we were not able to predict that they would try to break our capacity for collective action by charging us separately. By addressing our files one by one, they want to make us feel alone and without support in the corridors of justice, and to test our moral superiority in courts. There is no doubt they are afraid of taking on 1128 academics for peace together. Let’s come together and discuss as soon as possible as to how we are going to organise for the legal struggle in front of us, and make a decision on the strategy to follow. A strategy for our rights, and a strategy for a legal stance.

Best,

BAK Hukuk.

Academic Freedoms  are Under Threat!

The workshop “Past in the Present: European Approaches to the Armenian Genocide,” which will take place between 15.-18. September in European Academy Berlin and organized by the University of Michigan, USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies and Lepsiushaus Potsdam, under the auspices of Dr. Martina Münch, Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg has been targeted by the right wing, nationalist and pro-government media in Turkey. Doğu Perinçek, the head of the nationalist “Vatan Partisi” declared the conference” to serve imperialism and the interests of Kurdistan,” the latter of which he calls “the second Israel.” Perinçek said that he would come to Berlin at 14th of September, to join the workshop and defend his own “truth”.

After threatening statements by nationalist politicians and once their names were listed and targeted by local newspapers, some of the Turkish academics whose names appeared in the program have decided to withdraw from the conference. The program of the workshop is not available anymore at the website of Lepsiushaus Potsdam and the fate of the workshop is obscure.

The Turkish state does not just destroy academic freedom inside the borders of Turkey but now also, attempts to intervene in academic freedom in other countries, where academics, artists and journalist from Turkey are forced to live in exile. The attitude of the Turkish state against freedom of speech and opinion is not anymore an interior question but, a global problem threatening artists, academicians, journalist and other producers of knowledge and truth.

 

We, as Academics for Peace Germany, invite all academicians and institutions in Germany to protect academic freedom against threats from Turkey. If we cannot manage this, we fear that the future of knowledge production in this country is no safer!

Academics for Peace – Germany

Berlin, 11.09.2017

 

French Mathematical Society

Call for boycott of some Turkish authorities following the repression of academics.

C’est pourquoi les trois sociétés savantes de mathématiques ont demandé aux ministres
français des affaires étrangères et de l’enseignement supérieur, ainsi qu’aux instances du CNRS, de INRIA, de l’INRA et de l’INSERM, de revoir leurs collaborations scientifiques avec les instances turques ne respectant pas la liberté académique tant que nos collègues ne seront pas rétablis dansleurs droits.

Read More (in French)

Turkey: struggle for democracy

For the first time, the documentation tells of the upheaval in Turkey from the opposition perspectives and what it means to be part of the opposition there. Filmmaker Imre Azem accompanies one year of four activists in a Turkey, which is in exceptional condition.

http://www.arte.tv/de/videos/073058-000-A/turkei-ringen-um-demokratie (in German)

http://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/073058-000-A/turquie-un-combat-pour-la-democratie (in French)

12 Peace Declaration Signatory Academics Discharged from Dokuz Eylül University

Read More

Press Conference, Friday 30 June 2017, 17:30-19:30, EHESS, Paris

TARGETED ACADEMIC BOYCOTT
THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC COMMUNITY WILL NOT BE PARTY TO
CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE TURKISH HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM. Watch the Press Conference 

Koç University Cancels Presentation on Freedom of Press

Presentation of Yasemin Yılmaz, an academic at City University, to be held in Turkish Political Economic Society (TPES) Interdisciplinary Workshop at Koç University has been cancelled by the organizers on the ground that it was “politically sensitive”. Read More

Turkish Scholars in the U.S. Face a Difficult Decision on Speaking Out

The crackdown has extended beyond people associated with the Gülenist movement, academics and human-rights organizations say. Calling themselves “Academics for Peace,” more than 1,000 academics in Turkey and elsewhere signed a petition in January 2016 condemning the “violence inflicted against civilians” in a military crackdown in Kurdish regions. Some of the professors were jailed, while others have lost their jobs, according to Human Rights Watch. Prosecutors in Istanbul are investigating academics who signed the petition, The Guardian reported. Read More

Ne soyons pas complices des persécutions dans l’enseignement supérieur turc

Campagne intersyndicale d’action et de solidarité avec les universitaires et chercheurs de Turquie

Premiers signataires : FERC-CGT (CGT-FERCSUP, CGT INRA, SNTRS-CGT, CGT UN CROUS), SNCS-FSU, SNESUP-FSU, SUD-EDUCATION, SUD RECHERCHE EPST

La situation des droits fondamentaux en Turquie ne cesse de se détériorer depuis la tentative de coup d’Etat avortée en juillet 2016. Sous l’état d’urgence instauré et maintenu dans tout le pays le pouvoir gouverne par décrets-lois sans recours possible. Sous prétexte de lutte contre le terrorisme, les autorités procèdent à des purges et licenciements gigantesques, dont des dizaines de milliers d’enseignants et plus de 5000 universitaires. Read More

MEDIA COVERAGE ON ACADEMIC BOYCOTT

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Jadaliya

http://turkey.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/26683/call-for-targeted-academic-boycott-of-turkey

Yavuz Baydar blog

https://yavuzbaydar.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/turkish-academia-suffers-of-collapse-as-purged-academics-call-for-global-boycott/

CNRS call (May 2017)

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/calls-french-boycott-turkish-research-council

NEWS IN TURKISH

Cumhuriyet

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/dunya/762748/Dunyadaki_tum_akademilere_cagri…_500_u_askin_bilim_insani_boykot_istedi.html

Bianet

http://m.bianet.org/bianet/ifade-ozgurlugu/187426-avrupa-daki-baris-icin-akademisyenler-den-akademik-boykot-cagrisi

Siyasi Haber

http://siyasihaber3.org/e/akademik-boykot
Demokrat Haber
http://www.demokrathaber.org/genclik-egitim/bircok-ulkedeki-akademisyenlerden-ihraclara-karsi-akademik-boykot-h85452.html

Diken
http://www.diken.com.tr/aksam-postasi-15-haziran-2017/

 

ACADEMIC PERSECUTION AND DISMISSALS IN TURKEY

MEDIA COVERAGE

Turkey: Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against academics …

https://www.fidh.org/…/turkey-arbitrary-detention-and-judicial-harassment-against-ac…

20 Apr 2016 – New information TUR 001 / 0116 / OBS 010.1 Arbitrary detention … Ms. Meral Camcı was arrested upon her return to Turkey on March 31, 2016 …

Dismissal of Academics for Peace members from their posts | Front …

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/…/dismissal-academics-peace-members-their-p…

Ms Esra Mungan Gürsoy, Ms Meral Camcı, Mr Kıvanç Ersoy and Mr Muzaffer Kaya were … Worsening conditions of detention of imprisoned academics for peace.

Turkey: Release detained academics and uphold freedom of expression

https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2016/04/turkey-academics/21 Apr 2016 – Esra Mungan, Muzaffer Kaya, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı at an Istanbul press conference on 10 March 2016. Turkish authorities must …

[PDF]Turkey: Academics detained for signing peace appeal

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR4437922016ENGLISH.pdf

7 Apr 2016 – The four are currently in pre-trial detention. Academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı are amongst the over …

[PDF]urgent action – Amnesty International UK

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/ua07816.pdf

7 Apr 2016 – The four are currently in pre-trial detention. Academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı are amongst the over …

[DOC]x UA 078/16-1 english – Urgent actions

ua.amnesty.ch/urgent-actions/2016/04/078-16/078-16-1/x-ua-078-16-1-english

25 Apr 2016 – Turkish academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı were released from pre-trial detention on 22 April.

Immediately drop all charges against academics who called for peace …

http://www.euromedrights.org/publication/charges-against-academics-for-peace-in-turkey/

27 Sep 2016 – Dr. Kıvanç Ersoy after appearing before the judge on 22 April 2016. These academics, except for Meral Camci, who was detained on 31 March, …

[PDF]urgent action – Amnesty International

https://www.amnestyusa.org/files/uaa07816_2.pdf

25 Apr 2016 – Turkish academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı were released from pre-trial detention on 22 April.

Scholars Jailed in Turkey’s On-Going War Against Freedom of …

blog.amnestyusa.org/…/scholars-jailed-in-turkeys-on-going-war-against-freedom-of-a…

15 Apr 2016 – Esra Mungan, Muzaffer Kaya, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı are academics currently held in pre-trial detention in Istanbul after they held a …

Meral Camcı | Translate for Justice

https://translateforjustice.com/tag/meral-camci/

20 Apr 2016 – Posts about Meral Camcı written by translatejustice. … in pre-trial detention, accused of terrorist propaganda under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terrorism …

330 Academics ordered for dismissal in Turkey – Scholars at Risk

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/2017/02/330-academics-ordered-dismissal-turkey/

10 Feb 2017 – On February 7, 2017, state authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 330 academic personnel from 49 universities, based on …

Turkey dismisses 4,400 public servants in latest post-coup attempt …

https://www.theguardian.com › World › Turkey

8 Feb 2017 – Dismissals come hours after first phone call between presidents … Some of thosedismissed from universities are leftists who have little to do …

Turkey: 330 more academics dismissed – European University …

http://www.eua.be/activities-services/news/…/02/…/turkey-330-more-academics-dismissed

9 Feb 2017 – The names are published on the Turkish Official Journal. This is already the second wave ofdismissals in 2017. According to Turkey Purge, …

Turkey sacks thousands of university staff : Nature News & Comment

http://www.nature.com/news/turkey-sacks-thousands-of-university-staff-1.20550

6 Sep 2016 – Turkey’s government has sacked 2,346 university staff for suspected ties … the first of an expected wave of dismissals under powers granted by …

2,346 academics dismissed from Turkish universities since July 15 …

https://turkeypurge.com/2346-academics-dismissed-from-turkish-u…

3 Sep 2016 – A total of 2346 academics working at 93 different universities across Turkey have beendismissed from positions over their alleged links to the …

Turkish academic seeks to enter university as student after post-coup …

https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-academic-seeks-to-enter-university-as-student-after-p…

31 Mar 2017 – Turkish academic seeks to enter university as student after post-coup dismissal … “As I was dismissed, I am not allowed on the campus now.

Over 5,500 Academics Dismissed from Positions in Turkey since Rule …

concernedscientists.org › Our Work

12 Jan 2017 – Over 5,500 Academics Dismissed from Positions in Turkey since Rule … 100 administrative personnel from higher level educational institutions.

A List of Over 1200 Academics Recently Dismissed from Universities …

concernedscientists.org › Our Work › Turkey

1 Nov 2016 – A new batch of 1267 people, from teaching assistants to professors, have been dismissedfrom the universities in Turkey in connection with two …

Dismissal of Academics for Peace members from their posts | Front …

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/…/dismissal-academics-peace-members-their-p…

On 1 September 2016, the Turkish government passed three new state of …. the universities,dismissals and forced resignations, as well as detentions, house …

In Turkey, Crackdown on Academics Heats Up – VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/a/crackdown-on-academics-heats-up-in-turkey/3724549.html

14 Feb 2017 – Among those dismissed is Marmara University’s internationally renowned professor Ibrahim Kaboglu, one of Turkey’s foremost constitutional …

Turkey fires 21,000 teachers and demands suspension of every …

http://www.telegraph.co.uk › News

19 Jul 2016 – Turkey’s post-coup crackdown took a sinister turn on Tuesday after tens of thousands of teachers were fired and all the country’s university deans were told they faced suspension. … The purge is part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s heavy-handed attempt to root out ..

Purge of academics leaves future of Turkish universities in …

news.trust.org/item/20170301124036-3i5o9/

1 Mar 2017 – Purge of academics leaves future of Turkish universities in doubt … “We took thesedismissals as an opportunity to push the limits and bring …

Turkey is purging 1,577 university deans and 15,200 education …

https://qz.com/…/turkey-is-purging-1577-university-deans-and-15200-education-wor…

19 Jul 2016 – Turkey’s Board of Higher Education today requested the resignation of 1577 … Thedismissed education workers and university deans join …

Endangered Scholars Worldwide | Crisis of Higher Education in Turkey

http://www.endangeredscholarsworldwide.net/crisis-of-higher-education-in-turkey-

Fears are growing for two Turkish academics whose health is deteriorating … On March 27, 2017, IsikUniversity (Istanbul) announced the dismissal of two of its …

Turkish university professor sacked for insulting President Erdoğan …

http://www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Europe

21 Jun 2016 – A university professor has been dismissed from her post at an Istanbul … had been sacked after insulting the Turkish president during a lecture, …

PressTV-Turkey dismissals violating basic rights: UN

http://www.presstv.ir › Middle East › Turkey

13 Apr 2017 – A policeman (L) looks at a detained demonstrator as Turkish police intervene during a protest outside a university campus in Ankara on …

Toronto academics protest Turkey’s purge of scholars | Toronto Star

https://www.thestar.com › News › GTA

13 Feb 2017 – Just days ago, police used tear gas to break up a protest at Ankara University in theTurkish capital denouncing the dismissal of 330 academics …

How the crackdown in Turkey is affecting international academic …

https://www.insidehighered.com/…/how-crackdown-turkey-affecting-international-aca…

29 Jul 2016 – Aaca crackdown on Turkey’s higher education sector after a failed coup has … and/ordismissed from their university posts, and others report being …

PressTV-‘Nearly 5k Turkish academics sacked after coup bid’

http://www.presstv.ir › Middle East › Turkey

27 Mar 2017 – Nearly 5,000 academics dismissed since coup attempt: Turkish … slogans during a protest against the dismissal of academics from universities …

Turkey purge: dark cloud of oppression hangs over country’s universities

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/…/turkey-purge-dark-cloud-oppression-hangs…

16 Feb 2017 – The targeting of Turkey’s top academics, in the country’s most … book about constitutional reform, has been dismissed from Marmara University.

Class Dismissed – The demise of academia in Erdogan’s Turkey …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/class-dismissed-the-demise-of-academia-in-erdogans_us_…

4 Apr 2017 – Demonstrators protest the purge of thousands of education staff in front of IstanbulUniversity at Beyazit square in Istanbul, Turkey.

Protests erupt against dismissals of academics in Turkey – Xinhua …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/11/c_136048001.htm

11 Feb 2017 – 10 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara protested on Friday against the latest purge of 330 academics from universities …

The Freedom to Say “No”: Interview with dismissed Turkish academic …

http://www.criticatac.ro/…/freedom-to-say-no-interview-with-dismissed-turkish-academic/

20 Mar 2017 – UA: In my university, it was primarily petition signatories, but taken as a whole, the biggest part of dismissed Turkish academics are suspected …

Investigations launched into students who protested teacher dismissals

washingtonhatti.com › ENGLISH

21 Mar 2017 – Investigations launched into students who protested teacher dismissalsTurkey …University officials have begun investigating six students who …

Exposé: In Turkey, government dismisses academics, police beat them

http://www.israelnationalnews.com › OpEds

24 Feb 2017 – Another attack against free thought, now the norm in Turkey: mass dismissals of academics from universities. With the latest statutory decree …

The quest to quell opposition leads to ‘academocide’ – University …

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20170209130103311

10 Feb 2017 – Turkey’s Islamist government dismissed 330 academics from state service … A book by Gülen found in my university office was enough of a …

Dismissed Turkish professor says ongoing crackdown ′a political …

http://www.dw.com/en/dismissed-turkish-professor-says-ongoing…a…/a-37463373

8 Feb 2017 – Professor Yuksel Taskin is one of the many academics in Turkey who were recentlydismissed from their posts at public universities. Taksin told …

Academic who signed peace declaration commits … – Turkish Minute

https://www.turkishminute.com › headline

25 Feb 2017 – … peace declaration commits suicide after dismissal from university … operations by security forces in southeastern Turkey, restore peace to the …

 

‘Simply cruel’: Renowned professor hits out at purge of Turkish …

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-coup-university-ankara-purge-1061134456

21 Feb 2017 – ISTANBUL, Turkey – Korkut Boratav has seen government purges gut … He himself wasdismissed from Ankara university in 1983 after the …

Gov’t attacks universities: Responses to dismissals from universities …

https://news.sol.org.tr/govt-attacks-universities-responses-dismissals-universities-171616

9 Feb 2017 – 330 academicians are dismissed from their positions in universities with … Erdem added that the universities in Turkey were always targets of …

Letters on Turkey

mesana.org/committees/academic-freedom/intervention/letters-turkey.html

The scale of the investigations, prosecutions, dismissals, detentions and campaigns …. All 1576 deans from all universities in Turkey were forced to resign, and a …

Protest against academics dismissals in Turkey Photos and Images …

http://www.epa.eu/…/protest-against-academics-dismissals-in-turkey-photos-53316204

10 Feb 2017 – epa05782568 Turkish policemen arrest a protester during protest by university students and academics against dismissing hundreds of …

Police Attack, Detain Academics and Students at Ankara University …

armenianweekly.com/…/police-attack-detain-academics-and-students-at-ankara-univer…

10 Feb 2017 – The group was protesting the recent dismissal of 330 academics from their positions atTurkish universities by the Higher Education Board …

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