On July 15, 2016 a fraction of the Turkish military attempted to seize power from democratically elected leaders. Turkish citizens went to the streets and protested en masse. The democracy was saved but two hundred innocent people had died and over a thousand were injured. The Turkish government declared a state of emergency and began purging Turkish institutions from elements allegedly connected to the plotters of the coup. Concerns have been raised that a large number of Turkish academics and scientists have been punished without due process.
The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an organization of scientists, physicians and scholars dedicated to protecting the human rights and scientific freedom of colleagues around the world.
Posted July 19, 2016
July 19, 2016—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.
The scale and speed of these actions belie any due process or evidence-based response to the attempted coup of July 15th, and therefore raise serious concerns for the future of Turkey’s higher education and society generally.