On June 2, 2018, Turkish authorities reportedly detained 25 university students in Adana, apparently based on alleged connections to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, who authorities claim was responsible for a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
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 September 5, 2017, Turkish authorities reportedly detained Hakan Özhan, a professor of medicine at Duzce University, based on alleged connections with Fethullah Gülen, who authorities claim was responsible for a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
On July 14, 2017, Turkish authorities issued an emergency decree which ordered the dismissal of 302 academic personnel and 54 administrative staff, and the expulsion of 9 students, based on allegations that they were involved in a violent coup attempt
Thursday March 30th marks the 100th day of imprisonment of Professor Istar Gozaydin, lately Chair of the Department of Sociology at Turkey’s Gediz University.
On February 7, 2017, state authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 330 academic personnel from 49 universities, based on allegations that they were suspected of being involved in a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Authorities allege
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
On July 24 and 25, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly detained 31 scholars from Istanbul University on suspicion of membership to Turkey’s Gülenist movement.
On July 23, 2016, a decree went into effect ordering the closure of 15 Turkish universities, in connection with a state of emergency declared by the government following the failed coup attempt on July 15.
On July 20, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly imposed a wide-ranging ban on all work-related, international travel by scholars, and demanding that all university personnel currently outside the country return to Turkey immediately.
Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned about sweeping actions against Turkey’s higher education sector, including forced resignations, suspensions, and travel bans, reportedly affecting thousands of individuals, in Turkey and abroad.