Londra’da, “Sığınmacı Krizi ve Akademik Mirasın Yükseköğretim Yoluyla Geleceğe Taşınması” başlıklı bir panel düzenlenecek. School of Oriental and African Studies, Universitiy of London (SOAS) tarafından düzenlenecek panele ODTÜ Rektörü Verşan Kök, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Rektörü Mehmed Özkan, İstanbul Üniversitesi’nden Ayşegül Komşuoğlu Çıtıpıtıoğlu da katılacak.
Panel, 11 Haziran 2019’da saat 14.00’da SOAS Brunei Gallery’de gerçekleşecek.
Anadolu Ajansı, TRT, YÖK, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, SOAS. Türkiye Londra Büyükelçiliği ve Türk Hava Yolları’nın sponsorluğunda gerçekleşecek panele ilişkin yurtdışında yaşayan Barış İçin Akademisyenler Dayanışması bir açık mektup yayınladı.
SOAS’a gönderilen mektupta, SOAS’ın etkinliğe verdiği destekten dolayı derin bir hayal kırıklığı içinde olduklarını belirten bilim insanları, “Askeri cunta tarafından 1982’de kurulan YÖK, hükümetin son bir kaç yıldır yürüttüğü saldırılarda ve tasfiyelerde anahtar rol oynamıştır” dendi. Panelin adının da “Sığınmacı Krizi ve Akademik Mirasın Yükseköğretim Yoluyla Geleceğe Taşınması” olmasının da son derece rahatsız edici olduğunu belirten bilim insanları açık mektupta “Bizim bildiğimiz SOAS akademik özgürlüğe zararlı böyle bir organizasyonu desteklemeyecektir” ifadelerine yer verildi.
“Akademik Özgürlük, Otoriteryanizm ve Türkiye” başlıklı açık mektupta, son yıllarda Türkiye’de akademiye yönelik gerçekleşen saldırılara da değinildi. Mektupta panelin iptal edilmesi istendi.
Panele, iptal edilmemesi durumunda, Londra’da bulunan barış imzacılarının da katılması bekleniyor.
Mektubun orijinal hali şöyle:
“ACADEMIC FREEDOM, AUTHORITARIANISM AND TURKEY
Solidarity with Academics for Peace: An Open Letter to SOAS -Call for Urgent action!
We are deeply disappointed about SOAS decision to sponsor a panel discussion on 11 June 2019 in conjunction with the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) on the integration of refugee academics and students into Turkish higher education. Established by the military junta in 1982 the Turkish Council of Higher Education has played a key role in the harassment and dismissal of thousands of Turkish university faculty and staff on the orders of the Turkish government in the last few years. Hence the panel’s title – “Refugee Crisis and Carrying the Academic Heritage to the Future through Higher Education is deeply troubling. SOAS as we know it, would not collaborate with an organization that has been so detrimental to academic freedoms.
Scholars at Risk, Human Rights Watch, and the Committee on Academic Freedom of Middle East Studies Association of North America documented severe violation of academic freedoms in Turkey and the Turkish government’s campaign against teaching and administrative staff as well as students. Since the July 2016 attempted coup d’etat nearly 6000 university personnel have been dismissed and 15 universities closed. Most of these individuals are permanently barred from employment in the public sector and have their passports have been cancelled. More shockingly since then close to 70,000 students are in jail. Both the Council of Higher Education and the university rectors were directly involved in these purges and in the actions against students.
A more specific targeting happened to a group of 2200 academics who wrote a declaration asking Turkey to return to peace discussions with the Kurdish armed forces in January 2016. Hundreds of those academics have been dismissed or forced to resign, dozens of graduate students lost their scholarships or assistantship and many were subjected to intimidation or threat in their universities. Moreover, 610 academics have been required to appear in court and as a result 134 academics have been sentenced to 15 months in prison, 18 academics have been sentenced to 22 months and 15 days, 8 academics have been sentenced to 18 months, and 2 academics have been sentenced to 18 months and 15 days. 17 academics sentenced to 27 months, 6 academics sentenced to 28 months, 4 academics sentenced to 25 months, and 1 academic sentenced to 36 months of jail time. Of the 192 individuals who have been given prison sentences, a total of 35 have been sentenced to more than 2 years and thus denied the possibility of a suspended sentence. In addition, 6 of those who have been sentenced declined the opportunity to have their prison terms suspended. At the moment a total of 35 academics are at imminent risk of imprisonment and already 2 of them are in prison.
Since 2016 hundreds of academics had to leave Turkey through legal and illegal means were forced to themselves become refugees.
An event that celebrates integrating refugee academics from Syria in a country where thousands of academics are arbitrarily dismissed, jailed, sentenced to be jailed, forced to become refugees only for their alleged political positions without any due legal procedures is at best insincere.
Here, we would like to repeat UCU’s call on UK universities, colleges and other institutions to support persecuted academics and to freeze collaboration with Turkish universities taking action against academics.
We call on SOAS to cancel the 11 June 2019 panel discussion at the Brunei Gallery and reaffirm its commitment to the defend academic freedom.
Concerned UK Academics for Peace
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Panelin programı şöyle:
Panel Opening and Welcome Remarks
14:00-14:20 Video Clips of the Project
1st video: Refugee Academics & Students in Turkey
2nd video: Support Platform by the Rectors of Research Universities
Chair: Prof. Mehmed ÖZKAN, Rector of Boğaziçi University
14:20-14:40 Project Presentation: Refugee Crises & Preservation of the Academic Heritage of the Middle East
Prof. Zeliha KOÇAK TUFAN, Member of Executive Board-CoHE, Turkey
14:40-15:00 Academic Heritage
Prof. Ayşegül KOMSUOĞLU ÇITIPITIOĞLU, İstanbul University, Dean
15:00-15:20 Academic Integration of Refugees
Dr. Idil Osman, SOAS University of London
15:20-16:00 Academic Integration of Refugees into Higher Education System: How are we doing? Best practices from Turkish universities
Prof. Mustafa Verşan KÖK, Rector of Middle East Technical University
Prof. Mehmed ÖZKAN, Rector of Boğaziçi University
16:00-16:20 Questions &Answers