Solidarity with Peace Academics at Risk in Turkey
04 December, 2017 by Pieter Verstraete | 0 comments
This article is an update on the court cases regarding the Peace Academics of Turkey. It includes some useful suggestions on how we, as academics, can show solidarity with our colleagues in Turkey.
I would like to draw your attention to a recent development in the situation regarding the Peace Academics of Turkey. The Turkish Courts are set to begin with its first hearing tomorrow, December 5, 2017. Others are distributed among various criminal courts until April 2018. If convicted, more than 100 accused Academics for Peace signatories face up to seven and a half years in jail. Please read a press release here: https://pen.org/press-release/turkish-courts-set-begin-hearings-purged-dissidents-academia/.
Despite being a dispersed group, now living (and some stuck) either in Turkey or abroad, these academics are calling for your urgent attention and solidarity. I have received their call to spread the below email, with attachments. There are also plenty of useful web links (see below).
I do hope some of you take up on the given suggestions. And please do circulate the below message in your networks.
Thanks ever so much.
Dear friends and colleagues,
- rights violations table;
- the bill of indictment and its summary, listing the accusations and possible consequences;
- a call of solidarity in four languages
- a 'what can I do' list;
- and the calendar of hearings.
Please spread the word by
Contacting academic / professional organisations of which you are a part and suggest them to send delegates and follow the cases, coming to Turkey to stand by us during the long marathon bw December 5, 2017 and May 2018;
Starting petitions or solidarity campaigns to make the case visible (an example by Italian colleagues: http://www.associazionedeicostituzionalisti.it/appello-di-solidariet-a-favore-del-professor-ibrahim-kabo-lu-e-degli-altri-academics-for-peace-che-rischiano-la-condanna-da-uno-a-cinque-anni-di-carcere.html;
Discussing your own conditions of work in the academia, press etc and our shared destiny during times of rise in authoritarianism / securitisation (an example of a round table in Edinburgh: https://reclaimedinburgh.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/roundtable-academic-citizenship-beyond-borders-30-nov-2017/);
Contacting the local / national politicians on what is going on in Turkey and demanding joint action (an example from Brussels on the 4th of December: https://www.facebook.com/susskindsimone/);
As academics, lawyers, journalists 'under pressure' we say that freedom of expression is the basic of our profession.
Sharing this basic principle we are addressing the global community for solidarity.
Peace Academics from Turkey