American Sociological Association

Letter to Turkey Regarding the Persecution of the Academics for Peace


map of Turkey
June 20, 2019

The ASA sent a letter  to a number of relevant Turkish officials about Turkey’s persecution of the Academics for Peace, occasioned by the recent sentencing of Eyse Gul Altinay to 25 months in prison.

The letter began:

Dear President Erdoğan

I write to you on behalf of the American Sociological Association (ASA), a professional society representing more than 12,000 sociologists around the world to express our deep and continued concern regarding the treatment of scholars who were signatories to the 2016 Academics for Peace petition, which called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict with the Kurds in south-east Turkey. The petition was initially signed by 1,128 scholars from 89 Turkish universities. Following the petition’s publication, state and higher education authorities in Turkey began launching criminal and administrative investigations against the signatories.

Read the the full letter here.

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