Academic freedom under pressure in Turkey

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA), The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS), Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), and The Young Academy of Norway (AFYF) condemn the attempted coup d'état in Turkey, but are at the same time deeply concerned about the developments since then.

In a statement the Norwegian academies write that it is alarming that the Turkish government has demanded the resignation of more than 1500 deans, cancelled thousands of licenses of teachers, implemented a travel ban and called back Turkish academics from abroad. These measures are in clear conflict with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The Norwegian scientific orgnaizations join academic institutions all over the world in expressing concern about the treatment of tousands of teachers and academics in Turkey in the aftermatch of the coup d'état.

The statement signed by Ole M. Sejersted, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, on behalf of the four academies concludes: "We urge the Turkish government and the Higher Educational Council (HEC) to stand by the ratification of the ECHR".

For the complete statement see the attachment.


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