August 28, 2016

NASA Scientist, Serkan Golge, Arrested Post-Coup in Turkey

NASA scientist Serkan Golge, who has been employed as a senior research scientist with the American space program, was arrested in Turkey following the failed coup attempt and charged with espionage. He has been researching the health effects of time spent in space on the human body. The Committee of Concerned Scientists has been making inquiries in an attempt to have him released and to have  … continue reading >>

CCS Requests Help Addressing Mass Arrests, Detentions and Suspensions in Turkey

As many are aware, on June 15 there was a coup attempt in Turkey. The Committee of Concerned Scientists has denounced the attempt by the Turkish military to seize power from the democratically elected leaders. As an organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and scholars, dedicated to protecting the human rights and scientific freedom of colleagues around the world, we also are greatly  … continue reading >>

Academic Community Severely Affected by Actions of Turkish Government Following Attempted Coup

Despite their lack of involvement and their opposition to any coup in Turkey, academics in Turkey have been severely affected by the actions of the Turkish government - universities shut down, staff suspended and terminated from their positions and some detained and arrested. Due process has not been followed and guilt or innocence doesn’t appear to make a difference in actions taken. CCS would  … continue reading >>

Academics and Scientists Severely Affected by Attempted Coup in Turkey

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  … continue reading >>

Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Colleagues Released, but Charges Not Dropped

Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and professor at Istanbul University, has been released from prison, along with her two colleagues. However, the charges against them have not been dropped. These charges could result in 14 years in prison. CCS has requested that the Turkish authorities drop all charges against Dr. Fincanci and her  … continue reading >>

Turkey Continues to Question, Detain, Arrest, and Terminate Employment of Academics That Signed Peace Petition

To date, the Turkish authorities have terminated the employment, requested resignations, failed to renew contracts or sent files to the Higher Educational Council of 91 Turkish academics. 513 face disciplinary action resulting in temporary suspensions, and legal process have been initiated against 418. The numbers are continually growing. CCS has written to the Turkish authorities requesting  … continue reading >>

Professor and President of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Arrested

Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, professor and head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Istanbul University was arrested on June 20 and charged with “terror propaganda” along with two other prominent writers, Erol Onderoglu and Ahmet Nesin. The arrests seem to have been triggered in response to their participating as “on-duty editor-in-chief” of the newspaper Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish  … continue reading >>

A Petition in Support of Turkish Academics Facing Job Loss and Arrest

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. Our Previous Activities CCS Turkish Archive 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  … continue reading >>

Turkish Academics Temporarily Released

The hearing for the four Turkish Academics arrested for having signed the Peace Petition was held on Friday, April 22nd. There was considerable support from government observers from other countries and supporters who attended a rally outside of the courthouse. The scholars were temporarily released pending trial/charges altered to lesser charge. The Court is attempting to scale back the charges  … continue reading >>

CCS Requests US Observer at Court Hearing for Turkish Professors

The first four academics who were arrested for signing a “Peace Petition” will attend a court hearing on Friday, April 22 at 2:00 pm.  CCS has written the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, to request that he send a representative to observe the hearing.  It is felt that attendance from the international community is critical to assure that the hearings are fair, legal and that international  … continue reading >>