Statement of Support for Ayşe Gül Altınay

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Duke University, Department of Cultural Anthropology

The Turkish government is prosecuting hundreds of academics who signed a petition by a group called "Academics for Peace" advocating a peaceful solution to the Kurdish conflict. It is part of the on-going crackdown on free expression and speech in the country. A beloved academic and renowned scholar, Ayse Gul Altinay, was last week sentenced to 25 months in prison by the Istanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court. Dr. Altinay is noted for her commitment to a peaceful future for her country shaped by nonviolence, democracy, and a commitment to human equality. We call upon the Turkish courts to uphold the appeal of Dr. Altinay’s sentence, to drop all charges against those being prosecuted in the "Academics for Peace case," and to protect the essential rights of academic inquiry and democratic freedom for all.

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