Defend Academic Freedom in Turkey

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Defend Academic Freedom in Turkey

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Fiona de Londras started this petition to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (President of the Republic of Turkey)

Academics in Turkey have been banned from all international travel until further notice, Deans have been asked to set down, some universities have been closed, and dozens of academics have been removed from their posts in Turkish universities. This is part of the post-coup 'crack down' and constitutes an unacceptable interference with academic freedom. Restoring and respecting academic independence and freedom, and the integrity of third level education, can only strengthen Turkish democracy. Thus, we call for the immediate revocation of the travel ban, the restoration of academics to their posts, and the preservation of critical education at third level. We also express our solidarity with academic colleagues in Turkey.

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