Two Members of Academics for Peace Sentenced to 1 Year and 3 Months in Prison

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On 5 June 2018, the hearing of two members of Academics for Peace was held in Istanbul’s 32nd High Criminal Court. One of the academics had requested the removal of a judge from the panel on the basis of bias, but their request was refused. Both were charged with disseminating “terrorist propaganda” for having signed a peace petition drafted by Academics for Peace and sentenced to one year and three months in prison. One academic’s sentence was suspended; the other did not request that their sentence be suspended.

Criminal proceedings against Academics for Peace are ongoing and to date, the first hearings of 241 petition signatories have concluded and 15 academics have been sentenced to one year and three months in prison. All 15 sentences were suspended except for two. A schedule of upcoming hearings can be viewed on Academics for Peace’s website.