Please support Turkish academics who have been terminated from their positions and arrested for signing a petition to encourage a peaceful handling of the Kurdish population.
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Hundreds of Turkish academics face prison terms and expulsion from their universities for exercising their freedom of speech. We appeal to academics of all countries to stand in solidarity with our Turkish colleagues and sign the petition below.
To:The Turkish Ministry of Justice
Turkish Council of Higher Education
In January 2016 an estimated number of 2000 Turkish academics from more than 90 Turkish Universities signed a petition criticizing the Turkish military for the operations that resulted in civilian deaths among the Kurdish population in the southeast of the country. Some of the signees were arrested, many have been investigated and dismissed from their university positions in violation of Article 26 of the Turkish Constitution that establishes Freedom of Expression for Turkish citizens.
The Turkish Ministry of Justice is currently deciding whether to bring charges against the academics for “denigrating Turkishness” under article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code. Hundreds of Turkish academics may face prison terms and permanent expulsion from their universities.
We, the undersigned, demand that the Turkish Ministry of Justice drops all charges against the Turkish academics that exercised their freedom of expression granted by the Turkish Constitution. We demand that the Turkish Council of Higher Education instruct university administrators to cancel all investigations and reinstate all faculty members that have been suspended or dismissed.
cc: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey
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This petition is now closed.
End date: Jun 10, 2016
Signatures collected: 32363,236 signatures
Latest Signatures 3,236 DMITRY DOLGOPYAT United States University of Maryland 3,235 Maria Boccanera ITALY National Institute of Health 3,234 Silvia Likavec Italy University of Torino 3,233 Cristina Mazzotta Italy ENEA 3,232 Giovanni Hugony Italia 3,231 Térence Honoré Belgium Umons 3,230 Giovanna Romano Italy Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn 3,229 SILVANA GUIGAS Italia 3,228 Mattia Petterlini Italy 3,227 Marina Tucci Italy National Research Council 3,226 Dávid Lorko Slovakia PJŠ University in Košice 3,225 Ruggero Vaia Italy Institute for Complex Systems, National Research Council 3,224 Giovanna Franciosa Italy ISS 3,223 Alberto Ribotti Italy National Research Council 3,222 Daniele M. Trucchi Italy Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNE 3,221 Giorgio Biasiol Italy CNR 3,220 Julian Juan Argentina Universidad Nacional del Sur 3,219 arthur wasserman USA U of Michigan 3,218 Francesco Giuseppe Grossi Italy Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza 3,217 Stephen Adler USA Institute for Advanced Study 3,216 Domenico Pomarico 3,215 Wythe Holt USA retired from The University of Alabama 3,214 Giuseppe Punzi ITALY Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro" 3,213 RUEL MACARANAS PHD philippines n..a. 3,212 Janet Chernela United States Silver Spring 3,211 Daniel Rafferty USA Retired 3,210 Alessia Denise Ferrara Italy University of Catania 3,209 Tony Whitehead USA University of Maryland 3,208 Violaine Roussier-Michon France INSA Toulouse 3,207 Daniele Gardiol Italy Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica 3,206 Alfonsa Milia Italy CNR 3,205 Giovanni Mana Italia torino 3,204 Carmen Marin Greece Freelance 3,203 Sofie Lachapelle Canada University of Guelph 3,202 Yury Kudryashov Russia Higher School of Economics 3,201 Sharon Abel United Kingdom LONDON 3,200 Genghiz Erden USA 3,199 Marco Billo' Italy University of Torino 3,198 Patrick Carroll France INSERM 3,197 Boris Stern Russia Institute for Nuclear Research of RAS 3,196 V. Kantzara Greece Panteion University 3,195 Mirliana Ramirez Chile Universidad de Chile 3,194 Leonid Litinskii Russia Scientific Research Institute for System Analysis RAS, Moscow 3,193 Hugh Halman USA Central Michigan University 3,192 Rafahel Lima Brazil University of Campinas 3,191 Eugene Hodal United States 3,190 Ana González-Marcos Spain 3,189 Nahyan Fancy USA DePauw University 3,188 Michael Soloviev Russia Lebedev Physics Institute 3,187 Yolanda Estes USA Mississippi State University (retired) < >