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AFS Protests Reprisals Against Turkish Academics for Peace

Friday, January 22, 2016   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The American Folklore Society has issued a statement in support of Turkish academics (including folklore studies colleagues) who were briefly detained last week and who are still being branded as traitors by the government in retaliation for their having signed a declaration urging moderation in official relations with the Kurds. 

For background information on this situation, see

The AFS Executive Board signed a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu calling for the end of punitive action against signers of the Peace Petition and exhorting Turkey to observe international human rights conventions and norms of academic freedom.

Read the full text of the letter here.


Lorraine Walsh Cashman says...
Posted Friday, February 12, 2016
For more context, see Elizabeth Redden, "Turkish Academe Under Attack; Turkish Scholars Describe a Growing Intolerance for Dissent," Inside Higher Education (February 12, 2016):
Lorraine Walsh Cashman says...
Posted Friday, February 12, 2016
A recipient of the letter replies: I received your email and also read the letter shared in your e-mail. Regretfully, we would like to clearly express that we cannot share the opinions stated in the letter. From our point of view, the text signed by the academicians was one-sided and lacking the minimum objectiveness required by academic integrity. We believe that the realities of terrorism should not be ignored and the unity and integrity of the Turkish Republic should be respected. With these considerations, we have called upon the signatories for good sense and judgment. At this point, the matter is simply a judicial process that needs to take its due course.

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