With a recently released declaration signed by 122 academics, Amsterdam University’s academic staff have showed solidarity with dismissed academics in Turkey. “We, academics from the University of Amsterdam, are deeply concerned about the continued attacks on academic freedom and on critical academics in Turkey which the Turkish government has escalated in recent days,” stated in the declaration.
The academics also called their colleagues to continue to express this solidarity publicly, and to persist in defending academic freedom whenever and wherever it comes under attack; to support those political and civil society organizations in Turkey which protest the government’s increasingly oppressive policies; to provide institutional support for dismissed and threatened Turkish academics through visiting scholarships, emergency programs, and other means; to urge their own national governments and international organizations to fearlessly hold the Turkish government accountable for its persistent violations of human and civil rights, academic freedom and the rule of law.
The Dutch academics have said in their declaration of solidarity that “With the latest decree from February 7, issued under the state of emergency, another 330 academics were fired from their universities under the pretense that they support terrorism. This latest attack on Turkish academia has primarily hit Ankara University – one of the leading universities in social sciences and humanities in Turkey – and signatories of the “Academics for Peace” declaration: Out of the 330 who lost their job, exactly half (115) were signatories of the declaration calling for a stop to the government’s security operations in south-eastern Turkey, which have a disastrous impact on the Kurdish civilian population.”
According to a recent decree, 4,464 people working in government service, including teachers, academics, police officers, soldiers, members of the judiciary and journalists, were purged from their jobs. A total of 7,316 academics have been purged in Turkey as part of a post-coup crackdown.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement or alleged affiliation to terror organizations since the coup attempt, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of Feb. 1, 89,775 people were being held without charge, with an additional 43,885 in pre-trial detention due to their alleged links to the movement
Feb. 15, 2017