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Statement Protests Turkish Suppression of Academic Freedom

Although the AAUP does not normally take positions on alleged violations of or threats to academic freedom outside of the US, the Association issued a statement today protesting the harsh crackdown by the Turkish government against dissident academics. The recent jailing of three Turkish scholars and the deportation of a British scholar are the latest of hundreds of punitive actions against professors who signed an Academics for Peace petition calling for an end to military campaigns against Kurdish separatists in southeastern Turkey. Having accused scholars who signed the petition of “treason,” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for a broadening of the definition of terrorism, and the government has reportedly drafted a new bill to suppress academic freedom. The statement calls on the Turkish government "to stop the witch-hunt against Academics for Peace, respect academic freedom, free the arrested academics, and reinstate all the academics suspended or expelled during the persecution campaign with compensation."

Read the statement (.pdf).

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016