SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

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Date of Incident: May 07, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On May 7, 2019, the İstanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Boğaziçi University professor Nüket Esen to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 06, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On May 6, 2019, the Middle East Technical University (METU) rector banned a Pride parade scheduled to take place on campus. METU students have organized an annual Pride march for each of the past eight years. In November 2017, the Ankara ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: April 30, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University | Yıldız Technical University

On April 30, 2019, Turkish courts convicted and issued prison sentences to research assistants Ömer Çelebi and Süreyya Topaloğlu on terrorism-related charges. The charges are in apparent retaliation for their endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: April 05, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Arel University | Boğaziçi University | Marmara University | Middle East Technical University

On April 5, 2019, Turkey’s 25th, 27th and 32nd Heavy Penal Courts reportedly convicted and sentenced five academic personnel to fifteen months imprisonment on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in connection to their endorsement of ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: April 04, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Ankara University

On April 4, 2019, the Istanbul 28th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Can Irmak Özinanır, a former research assistant Ankara University, to one year, ten months, and fifteen days in prison on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the scholar’s endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in predominantly Kurdish areas of southeast Turkey.

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: April 01, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts

On April 1, 2019, the Istanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court sentenced academic Saadet Sorgunlu to fifteen months in prison on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the scholar’s endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in predominantly Kurdish areas of southeast Turkey.

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: March 27, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On March 27, 2019, Turkey’s 27th Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced Boğaziçi University professors Feyza Akınerdem and Neş’e Bilgin to fifteen months in prison and Ali Kerem Saysel to two years and six months imprisonment on charges of “propagandizing ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: March 25, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Abant İzzet Baysal University | Boğaziçi University | Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts | Yalova University

On March 25, 2019, the 27th Heavy Penal Court sentenced four academics to one year and three months imprisonment, and one academic to two years and six months imprisonment, all on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: March 20, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University | Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts | Sabancı University

On March 20, 2019, the İstanbul 27th Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced four academics to prison on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in connection to their endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: March 13, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Arel University

On March 13, 2019, the 37th Heavy Penal Court sentenced academic Feryal Delfin Saygılıgil to 18 months in prison on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the scholar’s endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in predominantly Kurdish areas of southeast Turkey.

Attack Types: Prosecution