We believe that all academics deserve an environment where they are free to think, write and speak critically without fearing for their job and freedom, let alone their lives. Unfortunately, many academics who resist their government’s attempts to silence thought and speech are facing adversity in many countries. Recently, Turkey has been under the spotlight with the sacking of over 8,000 academics for vague and unsubstantiated allegations.

“We are a group of British and Turkish academics/researchers who are willing to lend a helping hand to our colleagues and bring these injustices to the attention of the public and academic circles. We also aim to liaise and cooperate with other groups believing in similar principles and help them help other persecuted academics.”