7,000 papers gone missing: the short-term effects of the large-scale purges carried out by the AKP government on the research output of Turkey-based academics By Freedom for Academia (FfA) collaborators, with input from Prof. Neşe Özgen and *Assoc. Prof. Candan Badem Raporun Türkçe özeti AKP hükümeti “15 Temmuz 2016 darbe girişimi”nden sonra Kanun Hükmünde Kararname [...]
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Ali Kaya says he used science to stay sane during his incarceration. Thousands of academics in Turkish universities stand accused of either having supported terrorism or the attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July 2016. Theoretical physicist Ali Kaya is one of them. He was arrested three months after the failed coup and held for more than [...]
OHAL döneminde KHK ile ihraç edildiği işine dönebilmek için 269 gündür açlık grevinde olan eğitimcilerden Nuriye Gülmen'in tahliyesine karar verildi. 193 gündür tutuklu olan Gülmen, "terör örgütü üyeliği" suçundan ise 6 yıl 3 ay hapse mahkum edildi. Ankara Sincan Cezaevi Kampüsü'nde görülen davada mahkeme, tutuklu bulunduğu süreyi ve ceza miktarını göz önünde bulundurduğu Gülmen'in, yurt [...]
Şahap Kavcıoğlu, a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said academics, journalists and politicians who signed a peace declaration in 2016 do not deserve to live, Gazete Duvar reported on Tuesday. Signatories of a peace declaration titled “We Will Not Be a Party to This [Turkish state’s] Crime” and issued in January [...]
The University of Oslo (UIO) has granted the 2017 Human Rights Award to Turkish academic and activist Professor İştar Gözaydın for her efforts towards freedoms and human rights in Turkey. Professor Gözaydın, who spent some four months in prison after last year’s coup attempt in Turkey, told UIO’s Uniforma newspaper that she was honored by the [...]
Trade union members more generally have also been heavily targeted by the government. Our sister trade union in Turkey (Egitim-Sen) has seen over 1500 of its members dismissed and, in total, more than 100,000 public servants in Turkey have been dismissed or suspended by emergency decree. In the words of Amnesty International, 'Cutting 100,000 people [...]
Fikret Başkaya, a professor of Economic Development and International Relations was detained following a police raid against his home in Ankara on Monday. The 77-year-old academic and the author of several books was caught by Ankara police. While the charges raised against him were unknown at the time of this writing, media said police detained [...]
NEW YORK—The arbitrary use of judicial power in targeting signatories of the January 2016 Academics for Peace petition is the latest in a long series of legal charges filed against civil society actors by authorities, and demonstrates the Turkish government’s ongoing campaign to silent dissent in all its forms. On January 11, 2016, Academics for [...]
On December 22, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly arrested three scholars from Uşak University on allegations that they were involved with a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The scholars include Nurullah Şanlı, Aykut Yılmaz, and Sait Celik, the university’s rector. Following the July 15 coup attempt, Turkish authorities declared a national state of emergency, [...]