Prison Sentences Handed down to Four Members of Academics for Peace

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On 18 September 2018, the third hearing of four members of Academics for Peace concluded in Istanbul’s 28th High Criminal Court. All four were sentenced to one year and three months in prison on charges of creating “terrorist propaganda” for having signed the peace petition drafted by the Academics for Peace in January 2016. The sentences of all four academics were suspended.

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 273 academics have concluded, and criminal proceedings against many others are ongoing. 23 Academics have been sentenced to one year and three months in prison. All sentences were suspended with the exception of those handed down to Füsun Üstel and Büşra Ersanlı.