December 2, 2016

A List of Over 1200 Academics Recently Dismissed from Universities in Turkey

A new batch of 1267 people, from teaching assistants to professors, have been dismissed from the universities in Turkey in connection with two decrees issued under the State of Emergency instituted after the failed coup in July.   … continue reading >>

Economist Held Incommunicado for Criticizing Egypt and the United Arab Emirates

Nasser bin Ghaith, an Economist in the United Arab Emirates, was arrested for committing hostile acts against a foreign state (Egypt) and for instigating against the UAE. These acts were criticizing these governments online. He was also charged with associating with a banned political party in the UAE (as an academic he gave a speech as requested by a member of that political party). CCS has  … continue reading >>

Communications Scholar from Istanbul University Jailed As Participant in Turkish Coup

Vedat Demir, a professor from Istanbul University, was arrested along with 30 other academics and charged with membershipo in FETO/PDY, a charge he has strongly denied. Despite the fact that Demir publicly denounced the coup, he remains accused of such involvement. CCS has written the Minister of National Education of Turkey requesting an investigation of this case. October 30, 2016 Mr. Nabi  … continue reading >>

New Court Date for Turkish Writers and Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Istanbul University

Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Professor and head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Istanbul University, along with two prominent journalists, Erol Onderoglu and Ahmet Nesin, will go to trial on November 8. They have been charged with “terror propaganda.” These charges preceded the attempted coup in Turkey and these individuals had nothing to do with that event. CCS has advocated for these  … continue reading >>

Ilham Tohti, Peaceful Advocate for Uighur Community, Wins Martin Ennals Award; also a Finalist for Sakharov Prize

Ilham Tohti, a peaceful advocate of China’s Uighur community, currently serving a life sentence in a Chinese prison, was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders by a group of human rights organizations; Tohti was also a finalist for  the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The Sakharov prize is awarded annually by the European Parliament to honor individuals and  … continue reading >>

Homa Hoodfar, Canadian and Iranian Citizen, Released from Evin Prison

Homa Hoodfar, a dual-citizen of Iran and Canada, and a retired professor of Sociology and Anthropology, has been released from Evin prison in Iran, where she was detained since her arrest in June. Professor Hoodfar was charged with “dabbling in feminism” while conducting a research project. In early July, CCS wrote on behalf of Professor Hoodfar requesting her immediate release and that she  … 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 >>

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 >>

Homa Hoodfar, Canadian and Iranian Citizen, Jailed in Evin Prison

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian and Iranian citizen, was arrested on June 6 and has been held in Evin Prison. She has not been able to contact her family or an attorney. Dr. Hoodfar, a Professor of Social Anthropology, was arrested in June after three months of questioning. She was in Iran visiting family and doing research on the political role of women in Iran historically. Being in isolation opens  … continue reading >>