Associate Professor Battal Odabaşı from İstanbul Aydın University has been fired for signing a declaration that calls for the restoration of peace and an end to ongoing military operations in the Southeast.
The university's official ordered Odabaşı to remove his signature from the declaration by Monday and dismissed him on Tuesday after he refused to comply. So far, 29 academics have been suspended from their posts for being signatories of the declaration, titled "We will not be a party to this crime" and launched on January10 by the group Academics for Peace.
Academics from 89 Turkish universities have expressed concern over the victimization of civilians in the ongoing clashes between security forces and the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern provinces and have called on the government to restore peace.
The statement, first signed by 1,128 academics, highlights the number of civilian deaths that have resulted from the violence and calls on the government to restore a peace process that was abandoned in July 2015. The declaration, which was signed by prominent academics including Immanuel Wallerstein and Noam Chomksy, was read in Turkish and Kurdish at press conferences in İstanbul and Ankara on Jan. 10.
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