National academies publish joint statement on the current situation in Turkey
22 Jul 2016
The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh have today, Friday 22 July, published the following statement on the current situation in Turkey:
The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh deplore the attempted military coup d’état in Turkey. In keeping with the democratic principles which have been secured, we urge that the state’s responses towards individuals and offices thought to be involved be fully compliant with the rules and norms of democratic government, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights. We are particularly concerned that these be observed in relation to the academic and research community in Turkey, where our sister academies have unequivocally condemned the coup. We are disturbed to hear that in the coup’s aftermath the Turkish Government has asked over 1,500 university deans to resign, and has placed a ban on all academics travelling abroad. Freedom of expression, due process, and the free mobility of researchers provide the bedrock of the academic endeavour in a democratic society.
A pdf of the statement is available here.
Update on Wednesday 27 July 2016: The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh note that in the past few days the Council of Higher Education of Turkey has indicated that the ban on Turkish academics travelling abroad, which applied to academics at state universities, has been lifted, albeit on a conditional basis.
Update on Monday 3 October 2016: Bilim Akademisi’s Executive Board has issued the following statement on those academics dismissed from public service under Turkey’s state of emergency: http://en.bilimakademisi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Science-Academy-statement-2016-Oct-3.pdf
Update on Thursday 29 October 2016: Bilim Akademisi's Executive Board has issued a further statement on university autonomy in Turkey: http://en.bilimakademisi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-Latest-Intervention-Against-University-Autonomy-in-Turkey-October-2016.pdf