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Date of Incident: June 11, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment


Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On June 11, 2022, police reportedly assaulted and arrested students from various universities participating in a demonstration against concert bans.

The demonstration, titled “Alternative University Festival,” took place at Bahariye Street in Kadıköy. According to Sözcü, police detained 25 students.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violence against, and the arrest of students in apparent retaliation for their peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly – conduct that is expressly protected under international human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Turkey is a party. State authorities have a responsibility to refrain from interfering in the peaceful exercise of the right to free expression and association on campus. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom, freedom of expression, and democratic society generally.