Updated: Apr 26, 2019
In January 2016, 2,218 scholars from Turkey signed a petition titled “We will not be a party to this crime,” also known as the Peace Petition. The signatories (Academics for Peace) have been subjected to heavy pressure and persecution. Hundreds of the Turkish academics have faced criminal and disciplinary investigations, custody, imprisonment, and violent threats. Several academics have been dismissed or suspended, and some were forced to resign or leave the country. Many signatories are being sued on an individual basis on the accusation of “propagandizing for terror.” The public prosecutor proposes imprisonment extending up to seven and a half years.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide is deeply concerned with the future of academic freedom, scientific research, and higher education in Turkey. Thousands of academics have lost their jobs, and hundreds among them have had to leave the country seeking refuge. Given the most recent developments, ESW feels the need to highlight the urgency of the situation in Turkey so that readers can better picture the greatness of the purge in scale and to show solidarity with the members of Academics for Peace who have been persecuted as a result of their peaceful activities and exercise of their freedom of speech.
Please click here to see the Call for Solidarity Actions for Academics for Peace from Turkey.
Call for Solidarity Actions for Academics for Peace from Turkey
The first court hearings start on December 5, 2017, at 9:00 pm in İstanbul Çağlayan Justice Palace.
As the signatories to the Peace Petition of January 11, 2016, we have gone through many various types of repression since we shared our claim to peace with the public by the declaration titled “We Will Not Be A Party To This Crime.” We have also experienced a variety of solidarity practices. Since January 2016, more than 500 of our colleagues were separated from their universities and from their students through dismissal from public service, firing, and forced retirement. Four of our colleagues were detained for weeks.