American Sociological Association

ASA Joins Scholarly Associations in Statement on Turkey’s Attacks on Academic Freedom


map of Turkey
July 29, 2016

ASA recently joined 40 other organizations in a statement to Turkish government officials expressing our deep concern regarding their mass arrests and purges of academics. While the attacks on academic freedoms in Turkey have been ongoing for most of the year, they have become significantly enhanced after the July 2016 attempted coup. 

"As scholarly associations, we are committed to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression. The recent moves in Turkey herald a massive and virtually unprecedented assault on those principles. One of the Middle East region’s leading systems of higher education is under severe threat as a result, as are the careers and livelihoods of many of its faculty members and academic administrators."

The scholarly community hopes that Turkey will honor academic freedom and more generally human rights moving forward.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) also wrote a letter to the president of Turkey (co-signed by the ASA and six other scientific societies) expressing concern about human rights. 

ASA President's Letter to the Turkish Prime Minister.

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