Prison Sentences Handed Down to Two Members of Academics for Peace

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On 25 September 2018, the hearings of 11 members of Academics for Peace concluded in Istanbul’s various criminal courts. The 28th High Criminal Court sentenced two academics to one year and three months in prison on charges of creating “terrorist propaganda” for having signed the peace petition drafted by Academics for Peace in January 2016. The sentences of two academics were suspended. The cases of the other nine academics remain ongoing.

Academics for Peace is an organisation founded in November 2012 that unites more than 2,000 individuals supporting peace in the South-East of Turkey. To date, the first hearings of 279 academics have been concluded, and criminal proceedings against many others are ongoing. Twenty-five academics, including the two mentioned above, were sentenced to one year and three months in prison. All sentences were suspended, except in the cases of Füsun Üstel and Büşra Ersanlı.