Another professor detained for signing Peace Declaration

Dr. Battal Odabaşı was detained in Konya for his signature under the declaration. He was previously fired in 2016 from his position at the Istanbul Aydin University where he taught.

Another professor detained for signing Peace Declaration

Thousands of academicians and teachers were fired for writing a public letter titled, “We will not be a part of this crime” in 2016. The open letter criticized the war crimes of the Turkish government during its attacks against its own citizens in the eastern part of the country, the Kurds, as well as across the border in Syria and Iraq.

The fired academicians and teachers are prevented from holding other positions in the universities and schools.

Not able to support themselves, many fired teachers have committed suicides in Turkey, while others, including the academicians, have tried other ways to put bread on the table, including working at cafes or opening tea shops.

The government, however, was not satisfied with only firing and attempting to starve out the academicians. With the ongoing court cases, many academicians are being detained, arrested and sent to prisons for signing a declaration that criticized the war crimes committed by the government.

The last assault against the academicians came last night when Dr. Battal Odabaşı was detained in Konya for his signature under the declaration. He was previously fired in 2016 from his position at the Istanbul Aydin University where he taught.

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