On July 17, 2018 a Turkish court convicted and issued deferred prison sentences to three academic personnel on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization,” in apparent retaliation for their endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in
On July 8, 2018, Turkish authorities issued an emergency decree ordering the dismissal of 251 university personnel and the expulsion of one student, based on allegations that they were involved in a violent coup attempt in July 2016.
On June 21, 2018, a Turkish court reportedly convicted and issued a suspended prison sentence to former Marmara University research assistant Emre Tansu Keten, on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”
On June 5, 2018, a Turkish court convicted and sentenced Büşra Ersanlı, professor emeritus at Marmara University, to one year and three months’ imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization,” based on her endorsement of a petition
Scholars at Risk has announced Turkey’s Academics for Peace as recipients of the 2018 Courage to Think Defender Award, for their extraordinary efforts in building academic solidarity and in promoting the principles of academic freedom, freedom of inquiry, and the
Scholars at Risk has issued a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressing concern for continuing, severe pressures on Turkey's higher education sector and urging his support in reversing these actions.
Scholars at Risk has issued a letter of appeal in support of scholars being prosecuted for their endorsement of the "Academics for Peace" petition.
On November 22, 2016, Turkish authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 242 academic personnel and 942 higher education administrative personnel, on suspicion of connection to a violent coup attempt on July 15.
On October 29, 2016, Turkish authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 1,267 academic personnel, and the expulsion of 68 students studying abroad, on suspicion that they were connected to a violent coup attempt on July 15. Authorities have
Scholars at Risk has issued a response to Turkey's Minister of National Education, Nabi Avci, who wrote to SAR on March 3, sharing Turkey's commitment to academic freedom, while also defending investigations and proceedings against scholars who signed the Academics
“Actions reportedly taken against these scholars raise serious concerns not only for [the scholars’] professional and personal well-being, but for the overall well-being of the Turkish higher education and research community, and for the ability of intellectuals and institutions in
Turkish authorities are investigating over 1,100 scholars after they signed a petition calling on the government to end its crackdowns targeting Kurdish rebels in the southeastern part of the country.