EMS reacts to persecution of Turkish academics

The European Mathematical Society is very concerned as a result of reports on persecutions of peaceful Turkish academics who signed the petition "Academics for peace" protesting violence in Turkey's ethnically Kurdish southeastern region, and calling on the government to make peace with Kurdish rebels. According to reports, at least three of the signatories, one of them a mathematician, have been placed in pretrial detention; at least 30 other academics have been dismissed and 27 suspended by their universities pending investigation.
In a letter to the Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, EMS president Pavel Exner protested against the measures taken by the Turkish government and asked the prime minister to change the course of actions immediately. In another letter addressed to the president of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz, he asked European politicians to make the release of the arrested Turkish academicians a necessary condition for continuing negotiations with the Turkish government.
 

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Martin Raussen's picture

In a joint open letter to the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the German mathematical society, the German geoscientific societies and the German society for mathematical logic and philosophy of science express their deepest concerns regarding reports of punitive measures, including detentions and criminal investigations, launched against Turkish academics who signed a petition addressing Turkish government policies in southeastern Turkey.
More: https://dmv.mathematik.de/index.php/forum/nachrichten/523-dmv-offener-brief-an-die-tuerkei#600

Martin Raussen's picture

Turkish judicial authorities decided on Friday, 22 April, to release four academicians (Assistant Professor Dr. Esra Mungan, Docent Dr. Kıvanç Ersoy, Assistant Professor Dr.Muzaffer Kaya, and Assistant Professor Dr.Meral Camcı) who were arrested in March after signing a petition asking for an end to the military operations in the Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey.
More information: http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/middle-east/272051