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The Academics for Peace initiative

26-jun-19

Dismissals, prosecutions
and convictions*
May 2019
1 May:
One Academic Sentenced to 15 Months, One Academic to 30 Months in Prison
3 May:
2 Academics Sentenced to 3 Years, 4 Months in Prison in Total
7 May:
Academic Sentenced to 1 Year, 3 Months in Prison
8 May:
Academic for Peace Füsun Üstel Imprisoned
13 May:
Academic for Peace Tuna Altınel Arrested in Balıkesir
15 May:
Arrested Academic for Peace Tuna Altınel: Solidarity Keeps One Alive
17 May:
International Solidarity for Arrested Academic for Peace Tuna Altınel
21 May:
Ayşe Gül Altınay Sentenced to 2 Years, 1 Month in Prison
22 May:
Sentenced academic Ayşe Gül Altınay to two years and one month in prison
22 May:
Statement of Academic Ayşe Gül Altınay
22 May:
Arrested Academic for Peace Füsun Üstel to be Transferred to Open Prison
22 May:
Prosecutor Objects, Academic for Peace Üstel Cannot be Transferred to Open Prison
23 May:
The first hearings of Halim Bulutoğlu and Zeynep Tanbay were held at the İstanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court.
23 May:
27 people including Etkin News Agency (ETHA) reporter and translator Meşale Tolu had their ninth hearing at the İstanbul 29th Heavy Penal Court yesterday (May 23).
29 May:
The Constitutional Court convened yesterday (May 29) and examined the individual applications of 10 Academics for Peace.
30 May:
Filiz Arıöz and Tezcan Durna have been sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison.
30 May:
Filiz Arıöz,Ozan Değer, Tezcan Durna ,Umut Azak, Erdem Üngür, ,Aslı Odman and E.D. from Işık University had theirs hearings.
 
2018
3 April 2018:
9 Academics Stand Their First Trial in 3 Courts
4 April 2018:
Üstel, Polat Sentenced to 1 Year 3 Months in Prison
16 April 2018:
Academic Özyetiş Acquitted in First Hearing
8 July 2018:
199 Turkish academics who signed peace petition sacked in latest decree
11 September 2018:
First Hearings of 3 Academics Held in 25th Heavy Penal Court
9 October 2018:
Peace academics face up to 7.5 years in jail
16 October 2018:
Academic given jail term for “propaganda,” sentence deferred
18 October 2018:
32 Academics Face up to 7 Years, 6 Months in Prison
19 October 2018:
32 Academics for Peace face jail sentences over 7 years
19 October 2018:
Signing Discharge of 6,817 Academics, Erdoğan Complains About University Education
22 October 2018:
Five more academics given jail terms for signing peace petition 
22 October 2018:
Turkish academic sentenced to one year in jail for signing peace petition
23 October 2018:
3 Academics Given Suspended Prison Sentence of 1 Year, 3 Months
26 Oct.to 17 Dec.2018
Prison sentences handed down to 28 members of Academics for Peace
1 November 2018:
1 Academic Faces up to 7 Years, 6 Months in Prison
8 November ,2018:
Presiding Judge: I Have Freedom of Expression As Well
9 November 2018:
Expelled academic detained on suspicion of terrorism
9 November 2018:
Turkish academic and some university students detained by police in Ankara
10 November 2018:
Purge-victim Turkish academic in custody on suspicion of terrorism
16 November 2018:
13 People Taken into Custody
16 November 2018:
Human Rights Association: We Condemn Operation Against Civil Society and Academia
22 November 2018:
4 more academics convicted of “propaganda” for signing peace petition
23 November 2018:
Prison Sentence Deferred with 2-Year Probation
29 November 2018:
One Academic Given Deferred Prison Sentence of 1 Year, 3 Months
4-6 December 2018:
Three more academics convicted for signing peace petition
7 December 2018:
Deferred Prison Sentence for 1 Academic; 1 Case File Combined
11-12-13 December :
16 academics convicted of “propaganda” for signing peace petition
13 December 2018:
Academics for Peace sentenced to prison in "Kafkaesque" trial
19 December 2018:
Turkish academic, rights activist sentenced to over 2 years in prison on terrorism charges
28 December 2018:
Deferred Prison Sentence of 1 Year, 3 Months for 3 Academics

 
 

On January 10, 2016, 1,128 academics published a declaration entitled "We will not be party to this crime" on behalf of the Academics for Peace initiative. With the participation of further academics, the number of academics who have signed the declaration has reached 2,212.

With the indictment issued by the Prosecutor İsmet Bozkurt, lawsuits were filed against the academics on charge of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" as per the Article No. 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law No. 3713.

As of October 17, 2018, 335 academics had stood trial since December 5, 2017. 28 of these academics were sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison and all of the sentences were suspended, except for those of Prof. Dr. Zübeyde Füsun Üstel from Galatasaray University and Prof. Dr. Büşra Ersanlı from Marmara University.

The penalty of Prof. Dr. Üstel was not deferred on the grounds that "she did not demand deferment of the announcement of the verdict and that she did not make a statement of penitence." As for the penalty of Prof. Dr. Büşra Ersanlı, it was not deferred on the ground that "no opinion as to her avoidance of committing offense has emerged considering her personality which does not express any remorse."

Persons charged or convicted regarding "Academics for Peace"
ECHR fines Turkey for failing to act over harassment of academics

On March 10, 2016, the Academics for Peace made a statement for press and shared with the public what they had been going through since the declaration "We will not be a party to this crime" was published.

The academics Dr. Lecturer Esra Mungan, Dr. Lecturer Muzaffer Kaya, Assoc. Prof. Dr Kıvanç Ersoy (March 15, 2016) and Dr. Lecturer Meral Camcı (March 31, 2016), who read out the above-mentioned statement for press, were arrested on charge of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" as per the Article No. 7/2 of the Turkish Anti-Terror Law.

The Text:
We will not be a
party to this crime!

They were released on April 2016. Upon the request of the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Justice granted a permission of trial as per the Article No. 301 of the Turkish Penal Code No. 301 on charges of "insulting the Turkish Nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey and the institutions and organs of the government."**




1,800 academics support colleagues dismissed and punished in Turkey over peace petition

Statement of Academic
Sefa Feza Arslan

 

Turkey sends academics to prison for criticism of the bloody war against Kurds

 

Judicial harassment against the members of Academics for Peace

 

Turkish academics still face travel ban despite lifting of state of emergency

 


* This list is not necessarily complete.
** Source