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Peaceful protesters experience excessive police force and detention

Letter to PM Yıldırım regarding the excessive police force at Ankara University targeting peaceful protesters and the subsequent detentions that occurred at a demonstration on 10 February 2017 protesting the dismissal of academics en masse from the university. The dismissal was direct result of the emergency decree issued on 7 February 2017, Kanun Hükmünde Kararname (KHK) 686, which resulted in the dismissal of 330 academics in general, 95 of which were from Ankara University.For information on Rector Erkan İbiş’s violations of academic freedom at Ankara University see our letters dating 12 January 2017, 3 November 2015, and 12 December 2012. For more on the emergency decree KHK 686, see our letter dated 8 February 2017.

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Repression of Ankara University Rector

Letter to PM Yıldırım regarding violations of academic freedom by Ankara University Rector Erkan İbiş—a nuclear medicine specialist, including the initiation of over 60 frivolous disciplinary investigations, and his apparent collusion with the government in securing the subsequent termination by emergency decree of Ankara University faculty. The faculty terminated by recent emergency decrees are those that he had previously targeted with disciplinary investigations for publishing critical research findings deemed undesirable by the government or for using social media to advance criticisms of his administration or the Turkish Higher Education Council or actions by the Turkish government.Başbakan Yıldırım’a hitaben, Ankara Üniversitesi Rektörü ve nükleer tıp uzmanı Erkan İbiş’in akademik özgürlük ihlalleri ile hükümet ile işbirliği içerisinde kanun hükmünde kararnamelerle ihraç ettiği anlaşılan akademisyenlere istinaden yazılmış mektup. Kanun hükmünde kararnamelerle işten atılan akademisyenlerin bir çoğu, Rektör İbiş tarafından daha önce haklarında, eleştirel çalışma, duruş veya yayın konuları ve/veya sosyal medyada ve başka mecralarda hükümet politikalarını, üniversite yönetimini veya Yükseköğretim Kuru

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Response to Query by Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Letter to the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights responding to their query about our earlier correspondence with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression concerning the cases of academics facing prosecution in Turkey on charges of denigrating the Turkish state or insulting the President.

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Government Actions Against Peace Petition Signatories

Letter to PM Davutoglu (see previous letters of January 14, 2016 and February 22, 2016) concerning an escalation in government actions against Peace Petition signatories and their supporters including arrests, a deportation of a foreign academic and a declaration by the President that the Turkish Criminal Code will be amended to broaden the definition of terrorism to include academic activities.

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Magnitude of Harassment, Intimidation, Prosecution, and Repression to Peace Petition Signatories

Letter to PM Davutoğlu (see previous letter of January 14, 2016) concerning the gravity and magnitude of the pattern of harassment, intimidation, prosecution and repression to which academics have been subjected as a consequence of signing the Peace Petition, followed by a comprehensive appendix detailing these violations of academic freedom.

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Graduate Student Haydar Darici Facing Travel Ban and Criminal Indictment

Letter to PM Davutoğlu (see previous letter of January 5, 2015) concerning graduate student Haydar Darıcı, who is currently subject to a travel ban, preventing him to return to the US to continue his doctoral studies, and criminal indictment for his academic activities and writings, including twitter activity, with regard to the Kurds in Turkey.

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