On July 4, 2018, Turkish authorities arrested legal scholar Hanifi Baris in apparent retaliation for social media posts that were critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In June 2018, Mr. Barış posted to his social media accounts a number of
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 May 22, 2018, it was reported that Turkish public prosecutors opened an investigation against Bülent Şık, a former scholar at Akdeniz University, in response to a series of articles he produced about government research findings.
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
On May 26, 2018, a Turkish court reportedly convicted and sentenced 16 İstanbul Technical University (ITU) academic personnel to varying prison sentences on charges of “being a member of an armed terrorist organization,” based on alleged connections to Muslim cleric
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
On July 6, 2017, Turkish authorities reportedly issued detention warrants for 24 personnel from Konya Selçuk University and Necmettin Erbakan University personnel, as part of an investigation of individuals alleged to have connections to a movement led by Fethullah Gülen,
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