On the Civil Struggle of Academics in Turkey: The Peace Petition Signers

Yazar / Referans: 
Iris Agmon, Informed Comment

On January 2016, a small Turkish organization of activists, Academics for Peace (AfP) called the Turkish government to stop its violent assault against the Kurdish towns and areas of Eastern Turkey and return to peace negotiations with the Kurdish leadership towards resolving the prolonged conflict between the Turkish state and its Kurdish citizens. For the full story, see my essay, here (click).

Detained Peace Academic Tuna Altınel Talked to Evrensel: Bully for Me If I Was Able to Cover a Tiny Bit of Ground

Yazar / Referans: 
Fatih Polat, Evrensel

Associate Professor Dr. Tuna Altınel, who is one of the academics to be prosecuted for signing the “We will not be party to this crime” declaration and has been detained, says with refence to the declaration, “I’m proud to be part of it.”

Prof. Füsun Üstel Released

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Attorney Baybuğa has said, "Right now, I can say that the execution [of the sentence] has been suspended. We are very happy," on the release of Üstel, an academic for peace.

Prof. Dr. Füsun Üstel, a signatory of the Peace Declaration, has been released from the Eskişehir Women's Closed Prison where she had been behind bars since she turned herself in on May 8 to serve the prison term approved by the İstanbul Regional Court of Justice 3rd Penal Chamber.

Co-Signing Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ Appeal

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To: Ankara Prosecution 

Ankara Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı


Your Excellency,

We are writing to manifest our indignation for the judgement concerning Dr. Noemi Levy-Aksu : 30 months in jail for signing the declaration “We will not be a party to this crime! 10.01.2016″. The accusation of “ supporting terrorism” because of an appeal for peace is absurd and ridiculous.
Ankara prosecution Ankara Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı

Noam Chomsky on Co-signing Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ Appeal

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Halis Yıldırım with Noam Chomsky, Open Democracy

Academics are lining up to support this appeal for peace and express solidarity with the targets of Erdogan’s attacks on freedom and basic rights.

In support of ‘Academics for Peace,’ more than a hundred academics, including Seyla Benhabib, Noam Chomsky, Nancy Fraser, Fredric Jameson, Steven Pinker, Michael Löwy, Wendy Brown, Bertell Ollman, Warren Montag and Saskia Sassen, have reported themselves to the Attorney General’s Office in Ankara.

Turkey’s Crackdown on Academics Represses History Once Again

Yazar / Referans: 
Brennan Cusack, New York Times Opinion

A campaign of silencing and prosecution is creating a vacuum at a pivotal moment.

For the past two decades, the Turkish academic Ayse Gul Altinay has been providing, through her writing and research, incisive analysis of the impact of violence on her country. Her work offered a better understanding of how conflict has passed through generations and was beginning to build a blueprint on how to break this cycle.

Constitutional Court Takes on Trial of Academics, What will Happen is Uncertain

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Bianet

Individual applications by Academics for Peace who were given prison terms have been sent to the General Assembly of The Constitutional Court. Meanwhile, the courts began to postpone ongoing trials to wait for the top court verdict.

The First Section of the Constitutional Court examined the individual applications of the academics who were given prison terms for "terrorist propaganda" for having signed the declaration titled, "We Will Not be a Party to This Crime" and sent the file to the General Assembly on July 3.

Support by BirAraDa Association for Imprisoned Academics Füsun Üstel and Tuna Altınel

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Ekin Eylem Yıldız, Bianet

The Association for Science, Art, Education, Research and Solidarity (BirAraDa) has organized a postcard workshop in solidarity with imprisoned Academics for Peace Füsun Üstel and Tuna Altınel, who have been behind bars for over 50 days.

Established by the joint initiative of the Solidarity Academies' Coordination (DAK), the Association for Science, Art, Education, Research and Solidarity (BirAraDa) has organized a workshop in support for imprisoned Academics for Peace Füsun Üstel and Tuna Altınel.