Epidemiology Professor Arrested in Turkey for Demanding Peace

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

Onur Hamzaoglu, a professor of epidemiology and cospokesperson of the People's Democratic Congress (HDK), was detained with 16 others on February 9 due to warrants issued by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. According to the warrants, those arrested were suspected as members of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK based on their social media activity protesting Turkey’s ongoing war in Northern Syria (Operation Olive Branch). On February 16 Hamzaoglu was arrested on charges of terrorism.