Urgent appeal to European Governments and EU Institutions: Take Action for Afghanistan’s scholars, researchers, and civil society actors

Open as PDF We, the undersigned higher education associations, networks, and leaders in the field of scholar protection, urge European governments and EU institutions to take immediate action to secure the lives and careers of Afghanistan's scholars, students, and civil society actors. Many of the undersigned organisations are leaders in the field of provision of support to researchers and scholars at risk. These include the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR),…

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A Brief Review from the Organizers

Whither Universitas? – A Solidarity Debate among Students Across Borders Moderator: Asli Telli, Academics for Peace-Germany Discussants (in alphabetical order): Cemre Kumla, Çiçek Tanlı, Hanan Fadlallah, Henning Tauche, Lea Bruns, Yigit Torun In academic life, when an invitation comes from your colleagues at a university setting, you mostly take it collegially and with much appreciation. When an invitation comes from an independent civil society organization, you first question the political…

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Whither Universitas: Who Decides on/for Academic Freedom and Autonomy?

We invite you to a solidarity debate among students across borders. Come join our fishbowl session. Registration link: here. April 2, 202115:00 (UK) / 16:00 (CET) / 17:00 (TR) Structure Discussants make short interventions (around 3 min.) around concepts drawn from the fishbowl by the moderator. Participants are free to step in to discussions and contribute via polls, comments, and solidarity statements. Synopsis Recent presidential appointment of the trustee rector…

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BdWi: Solidarität mit Bogazici!

14.01.2021: BdWi unterstützt Proteste von Studierenden und Mitarbeiter*innen der Bogazici Universität Istanbul.Am 1. Januar 2021 hat der türkische Staatspräsident ohne jegliche Konsultation einen neuen Rektor für die Bogaziçi-Universität in Istanbul, eine der renommiertesten Universitäten der Türkei, ernannt, wobei er sich auf jüngste Dekrete mit Gesetzeskraft stützte, die einen solchen Schritt möglich machten.In den letzten vier Jahren sind bereits mindestens ein Dutzend Universitäten mit den gleichen strukturellen Vorgaben der autoritären Herrschaft…

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Scholars At Risk on Turkey: Institutional Autonomy Under Threat

Scholars at Risk has joined international partners in endorsing the below petition regarding recent events at Turkey’s Boğaziçi University. On January 1, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed new rectors to five universities in Turkey. These included appointing Melih Bulu, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), as the new rector of Boğaziçi University. In the past, under Turkey’s law, rectors had been appointed only after being elected by tenured…

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Kabul etmedik, etmiyoruz! İmzamızın arkasındayız.

Bu suça ortak olmayacağız metnini imzalamamızın üzerinden beş yıl geçti! Bu süre içinde yoğunlaşarak artan insan haklari ihlalleri, baskılar, savaş ortamı ve ‘müstemleke’ uygulamaları hatırlatan kayyum atamaları metnimizin halen güncel, barışın ise acil bir gereksinim olduğunu doğruluyor.Türkiye’deki otoriter yönetimin üniversitelere yönelik saldırısı da aralıksız devam ediyor! 2016’da çıkarılmış olan bir Olağanüstü Hal KHK’sı ile Cumhurbaşkanı’na üniversite rektörlerini tek başına atama yetkisi verilmesi bu saldırılara yeni bir boyut kazandırmıştı. Daha önce…

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We do not accept, we are determined not to conform!

Dieser Text ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar. Bu metin Türkçe de mevcuttur. The incessant attacks of authoritarian rule against Turkey's universities pursue at an accelerating rate. As Academics for Peace Germany, we do not accept President's appointment of a rector to Boğaziçi University on January 1, 2021 and the subsequent detentions, which undermine the academic autonomy, scientific freedom and democratic values. We do not consider this appointment, which coincides…

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Kabul etmedik, etmiyoruz!

This text is also available in English. Dieser Text ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar. Türkiye’deki otoriter yönetimin üniversitelere yönelik saldırısı aralıksız devam ediyor! Barış İçin Akademisyenler Almanya (BAK-Almanya) Derneği olarak Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’nin akademik özerkliğini, bilimsel özgürlüğünü ve demokratik değerlerini yok sayan 1 Ocak 2021 tarihli rektör atamasını ve devamındaki gözaltıları kabul etmiyoruz. Bu suça ortak olmayacağız! metnini imzalamamızın beşinci yıldönümüne denk gelen bu atamayı bir tesadüf olarak görmüyoruz. 2016…

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Dieser Vorgang ist inakzeptabel und wir werden uns mit Entschiedenheit widersetzen!

Bu metin Türkçe de mevcuttur. This text is also available in English. Die seit Jahren andauernden Angriffe der autoritären Regierung auf die Universitäten in der Türkei haben mit der letzten Maßnahme einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht. Als „Akademiker für den Frieden-Deutschland“ erheben wir Einspruch gegen die Ernennung des Rektors der Boğaziçi-Universität zum 1. Januar 2021 durch den Präsidenten. Wir protestieren zudem gegen die Verhaftungen von protestierenden Universitätsangehörigen. Diese Maßnahmen untergraben die…

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Release our friends!

We demand that all our friends who were detained in operations against HDP on the morning of September 25, 2020, including our peace signatory comrade, peace academic Prof. Dr. Beyza Üstün, be released immediately. Academics for Peace Background Information: As part of an investigation conducted by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office into the Kobani incidents on October 6-8, 2014, detention warrants were issued against 82 members of the HDP,…

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FU Berlin’deki Güvencesiz Çalışma Koşullarına Karşı İmza Kampanyasına Destek

Academics for Peace Germany supports the petition against the precarious working conditions initiated by colleagues at FU Berlin and underlines that such conditions are pervasive in German higher education system. İmza kampanya metnine şu linkten ulaşılabilir: https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/fuer-entfristung-und-faire-arbeitsbedingungen-an-der-fu-berlin Barış Akademisyenleri – Almanya olarak Berlin Frei Üniversitesi’nde güvencesiz çalışma koşullarına dair meslektaşlarımızın başlatmış olduğu imza kampanyasını destekliyoruz ve kampanya metninde belirtilen koşulların, Almanya’da yüksek eğitim sistemine nüfuz etmiş olduğunun altını çizmek istiyoruz.…

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Open Letter to German Academia

We are deeply concerned to learn that the Zentrum für Türkeistudien und Integrationsforschung (ZfTI) in Essen is sponsoring a panel discussion on 13 June 2019 on the integration of refugee academics and students into Turkish higher education, and that it will do so in collaboration with the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK). A similar event was scheduled to be held on 11 June 2019 at the Brunei Gallery in…

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