“We ask the state to put an end to violence inflicted against citizens right now, we as academics and researchers of this country declare that we won’t be a party to this crime and promise that we will sustain our stance in the presence of political parties, parliament and international public”.
Over 1,400 academics and researchers from Turkey and abroad have signed a statement titled “We will not be a party to this crime”.
A campaign has been launched by Academics for Peace by releasing a press statement held simultaneously in İstanbul and Ankara to contest ongoing state violence in Turkey.
1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey, and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad including figures such as Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Etienne Balibar and David Harvey have signed a text calling on the state of Turkey to end state violence and prepare negotiation conditions.
The petition is ongoing.
The full text of the petition (in English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Greek) is HERE
For international support, please send your signature, name of your university and your title to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further petitions have unfolded, including:
- A letter of support for academics in the UK or with links to the UK, available HERE. The letter is to be sent to the UK national press on Monday 18th January, 10am. To sign, please email your title, name, and institutional affiliation to: email@example.com;
- Scholars associated with colleges and universities in the US have penned the following letter, available HERE. To sign, please email your title, name, and institutional affiliation to: academicsUS@gmail.com; and
- Scholars associated with colleges and universities in Canada have penned the following letter, available HERE. To sign, please email your title, name, and institutional affiliation to: firstname.lastname@example.org; and
- An international petition for UK, US, and Canadian academics in support of Academics for Peace, is available HERE.
On 18 January the European International Studies Association (EISA) released a Public Statement on the Persecution of Academics in Turkey.
On 21 January the International Studies Association (ISA) released a Public Statement Regarding the Persecution of Academics in Turkey.
There is also the 22 January British International Studies Association (BISA) Public Statement Regarding the Situation for Academics in Turkey.
The Political Studies Association has also written a letter on 26 January to the Council of Higher Education, Turkey (COHE) on the recent treatment of academics in Turkey who were threatened, detained and investigated for using their right to freedom of expression.
On 2 February the Council of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) also affirmed its profound concern about the intolerable decline of academic freedoms in Turkey and the discrimination of fellow academics.
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Author: Adam David Morton
Adam David Morton is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is author of Unravelling Gramsci: Hegemony and Passive Revolution in the Global Political Economy (2007); Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development (2011), recipient of the 2012 Book Prize of the British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG); and co-author of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (2018) with Andreas Bieler. The volume Henri Lefebvre, On the Rural: Economy, Sociology, Geography is out in 2022 with University of Minnesota Press, co-edited with Stuart Elden.
Zohre Ulger, | Jan 14 1616
I am a student at University of Birkbeck London and I sign this petition to show my solidarity with the Turkish academics against the state violence on Kurdish civilians in Turkey.
Ibrahim Malazada | Jan 14 1616
Stop Turkey. Enough is enough!
Adam David Morton | Jan 14 1616
It appears that the link to the statement has been hacked/blocked at the present time. I sent my details through, signing the petition to the email address listed above, just as this posted was published online. Let’s see if the website gets back up and running. The state violence in Turkey is, of course, against the Kurds but it extends throughout everyday society too, most recently from Gezi Park to the present.
Gorkem Altinors | Jan 14 1616
Unfortunately the webpage of the petition is hacked by some dodgy nationalist groups and they left a threat message. Although it’s mainly in Turkish, Facebook group of the initiative still works. https://www.facebook.com/barisicinakademisyenler/
Adam David Morton | Jan 15 1616
Noam Chomsky’s response to Erdoğan on the latter’s double standards on terrorism is also available here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/14/chomsky-hits-back-erdogan-double-standards-terrorism-bomb-istanbul
Dr Mohammad Kayani | Jan 15 1616
I fully support the petition that condemns the Turkish government’s savage crimes against the Kurdish people and endorse their demand for those stopping the criminal acts and the resuming of the peace process with the aim to solve the Kurdish issue once and for all.
Adam David Morton | Jan 16 1616
A further petition is available here for UK academics and those with links to the UK: