November 20, 2018

On November 16, 2018 Turkish authorities arrested 13 people, including two academics from Bogazici and Bilgi universities along and a group of civil society representatives, for their alleged involvement in the organization and continuation of the 2013 Gezi Park protes...

September 20, 2018

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On January 10, 2016, 1,128 academics published a declaration titled “We will not be party to this crime” on behalf of the Academics for Peace initiative protesting state violence against the Kurdish population in Southeast Turkey. With the participation...

July 22, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a decree stripping much of the country’s Council of Higher Education's (YOK) supervisory power, giving himself the sole authority to appoint university rectors. Under the state of emergency rule, Erdogan had dissolved the e...

July 13, 2018

On July 8, 2018, the Turkish state issued the 10th statutory decree since the coup attempt in July 2016, which discharged another 18,632 civil servants from several state offices including ministries of Education, Internal Affairs, Justice, and Armed Forces. The dismis...

June 7, 2018

Since the first round of court hearings began on December 5, 2017, 242 of the over 1,000 Peace Academics have been on trial and received sentences. Trials proceeded on June 5, 2018 in Istanbul, where 15 signatories from several universities were charged with "propagand...

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Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths


China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong

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