Turkey: ’Academics for Peace’ suffer purge

Yazar / Referans: 
The Worldwide Human Rights Movement

(Brussels, Paris, Ankara) FIDH and its member organisations in Turkey, IHD and Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) strongly condemn the dismissal of the ’Academics for Peace’, including Prof Dr Ümit Biçer, Member of the HRFT Directors Board, from their positions in public higher education, by a decree having force of law within the scope of the State of Emergency. They express their solidarity with these academics and urge the Turkish government to reintegrate them in their previous positions.

Pro-peace academics, atheist among 2,346 dismissed from universities

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Academics who signed a pro-peace declaration earlier this year and an atheist associate professor are among 2,346 academics who were removed from their posts due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

In line with a recent decree issued under post-coup-attempt emergency rule, the Turkish government dismissed 50,589 civil servants including academics and banned their employment at any state institution. The names of the dismissed civil servants were published in the Official Gazette on Thursday.

Turkey’s universities are being purged: we cannot afford to look the other way

Yazar / Referans: 
Julian Ds Medeiros, www.democracynow.com

We must keep in mind that as academics we are at our best, not when we agree to disagree, but exactly when we disagree to agree.

As the Turkish government continues to arrest academics across the country, with little to no judicial oversight, Turkish academia finds itself cast back into the murky uncertainty of the 1980s, and the subsequent censorship and disappearances.

2 Suspended Academics from Gazi, Cumhuriyet Universities Describe Their Experiences

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İstanbul - BIA News Desk

Assoc. Professor Dr. Kemal Inal from Gazi University, who was threatened while signing the Academics for Peace declaration and then removed his signature, and signee Professor Dr. Ali Çeliksöz from Cumhuriyet University said they don’t know the reasons behind their decisions to be suspended.

Of the signees of the Academics for Peace “We Will Not Be a Party to this Crime” declaration, two academics at Gazi University and three academics at Cumhuriyet University were suspended.

‘Witch-hunt’ against academics continues following attempted Turkey coup

Yazar / Referans: 
Cem Oyvat, Times Higher Education

Last week, the Marxist historian Candan Badem of Tunceli University was taken into custody, accused of involvement in the attempted military coup in Turkey. A book by Fethullah Gulen that was found in his office was used as evidence linking Badem with the Gulen movement, which the Turkish president has accused of being behind the attempted coup. Although Badem was released the next day, he is reportedly still under judicial control