Pro-peace academics, atheist among 2,346 dismissed from universities

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Academics who signed a pro-peace declaration earlier this year and an atheist associate professor are among 2,346 academics who were removed from their posts due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

In line with a recent decree issued under post-coup-attempt emergency rule, the Turkish government dismissed 50,589 civil servants including academics and banned their employment at any state institution. The names of the dismissed civil servants were published in the Official Gazette on Thursday.

Turkey’s universities are being purged: we cannot afford to look the other way

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Julian Ds Medeiros, www.democracynow.com

We must keep in mind that as academics we are at our best, not when we agree to disagree, but exactly when we disagree to agree.

As the Turkish government continues to arrest academics across the country, with little to no judicial oversight, Turkish academia finds itself cast back into the murky uncertainty of the 1980s, and the subsequent censorship and disappearances.

2 Suspended Academics from Gazi, Cumhuriyet Universities Describe Their Experiences

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İstanbul - BIA News Desk

Assoc. Professor Dr. Kemal Inal from Gazi University, who was threatened while signing the Academics for Peace declaration and then removed his signature, and signee Professor Dr. Ali Çeliksöz from Cumhuriyet University said they don’t know the reasons behind their decisions to be suspended.

Of the signees of the Academics for Peace “We Will Not Be a Party to this Crime” declaration, two academics at Gazi University and three academics at Cumhuriyet University were suspended.

‘Witch-hunt’ against academics continues following attempted Turkey coup

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Cem Oyvat, Times Higher Education

Last week, the Marxist historian Candan Badem of Tunceli University was taken into custody, accused of involvement in the attempted military coup in Turkey. A book by Fethullah Gulen that was found in his office was used as evidence linking Badem with the Gulen movement, which the Turkish president has accused of being behind the attempted coup. Although Badem was released the next day, he is reportedly still under judicial control

Why Turkey wants to silence its academics

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Fatma Müge Göçek, the Conversation

After the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, one of the first actions of the Turkish state and government was to purge thousands of academics and deans from office.

In a crackdown that rapidly spread across civil and military services, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools and many universities. Some 15,000 employees at the education ministry were fired, while more than 1,500 university deans were asked to resign.

National academies publish joint statement on the current situation in Turkey

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British Akademy

The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh deplore the attempted military coup d’état in Turkey. In keeping with the democratic principles which have been secured, we urge that the state’s responses towards individuals and offices thought to be involved be fully compliant with the rules and norms of democratic government, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights. We are particularly concerned that these be observed in relation to the academic and research community in Turkey, where our sister academies have unequivocally condemned the coup. We are disturbed to hear that in the coup’s aftermath the Turkish Government has asked over 1,500 university deans to resign, and has placed a ban on all academics travelling abroad. Freedom of expression, due process, and the free mobility of researchers provide the bedrock of the academic endeavour in a democratic society