5 December 2017
We call on the Turkish judiciary to drop all charges against academics and release all political prisoners
Commenting on the hearings starting today by Turkey’s Penal Court against more than a thousand academics, the European Green Party co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“The Turkish judiciary perseveres in its persecution of opposition leaders, civil society representatives and academics, in what seems a purge against all voices that are not perfectly aligned with the government.
“The Penal Court is now indicting academics from several universities for signing the Peace Declaration ‘We will not be part of this crime’, with the accusation of being ‘an overt propaganda for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party/Kurdistan Communities Union (PKK/KCK)’, in the words of Prosecutor Bozkurt.
“We European Greens express our solidarity to all accused academics and to the members of the Academics for Peace Network. We demand the Turkish authorities to drop all charges against them, as well as release all other political prisoners, from NGO workers to foreign journalists.”
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