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.