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"We call for Turkish judiciary to drop all charges against academics and release all political prisoners"

Yazar / Referans: 
European Greens
Tarih: 
05/12/2017

Brussels
5 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Commenting on the hearings starting today by Turkey’s Penal Court against more than a thousand academics, the European Green Party co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:

“The Turkish judiciary perseveres in its persecution of opposition leaders, civil society representatives and academics, in what seems a purge against all voices that are not perfectly aligned with the government.

Turkey: Academics on Trial for Signing Petition

Yazar / Referans: 
Human Rights Watch
Tarih: 
05/12/2017

‘Terrorist Propaganda’ Charge Stifles Free Speech

The decision to prosecute scores of academics for signing a January 2016 petition criticizing the Turkish government’s actions in southeastern Turkey seriously violates the right to free speech and academic freedom, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges are also a misuse of terrorism laws.

Hearing Schedules of 148 Academics Standing Trial for Signing Peace Declaration

Yazar / Referans: 
Pınar Tarcan, Bianet
Tarih: 
04/12/2017

The first hearings of 148 of the 1,128 academics who are standing trial for having signed the peace declaration of the Academics for Peace, begins on December 5, 2017.

The first hearings of 148 of the 1,128 academics who are standing trial for having signed the peace declaration of the Academics for Peace, begins on December 5, 2017. The trials will continue until May 17, 2018.

Noam Chomsky’s Statement to Turkish Trial Against Academics for Peace

Yazar / Referans: 
Halis Yıldırım, BAK
Tarih: 
04/12/2017

The penal case against the signers of the Academics for Peace petition is a shocking miscarriage of justice, which friends of the Turkish people can only view with dismay.  The wording of the indictment, throughout, makes it clear that the case is an assault against fundamental rights of free expression that should be zealously safeguarded.  To take only one example, the signers are accused of calling on the government “to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material an

Turkish Courts Set to Begin Hearings of Purged Dissidents in Academia

Yazar / Referans: 
PEN America
Tarih: 
03/12/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 27, 2017

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.

Free Thought on Trial from 5 December

Yazar / Referans: 
Michael Mackenzie, Ahval
Tarih: 
01/12/2017

In January last year, more than 2,000 academics, mostly Turks, petitioned the Turkish parliament calling for an end to what they said was the “deliberate planned massacre” and “deportation of Kurdish people” since the resumption of conflict with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatists the previous July.

An Infamous Case Against Academic Freedoms: “They Are Trying To Isolate The Peace Academics”

Yazar / Referans: 
Evrensel (Translated by BAK)
Tarih: 
25/11/2017

Istanbul Chief Prosecutor indicts academics on trumped-up terrorism charges for signing peace declaration. An indictment has been issued for academics from several universities who have signed the peace declaration named “We will not be a party to this crime”. The academics are being charged with “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” and are facing 7,5 years of imprisonment. The indictments are being filed by Istanbul Public Chief Prosecutor’s Office. The exact number of academics who are all charged with the same indictment but on an individual basis.

Seven Ways You Can Support Academics in Turkey

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Blog of the APA
Tarih: 
24/11/2017

The situation for academics in Turkey has dramatically worsened since the failed coup on July 15, a matter of increasing importance given the investigations, firings, deportations, trials, and detentions of academics even prior to the coup. In January of this year, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had already stretched the term “terrorist” enough to apply it to over one thousand members of Academics for Peace for publishing a petition. This threat to academics was foreshadowed in previous attacks on journalists and opposition lawmakers.

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