Academics for Peace Supporting Turkish Academics

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Dear colleagues and friends, 

As you may know, academics in Turkey have been subject to persecution and prosecution since last January. The state of emergency, declared in July after the failed coup attempt and renewed every three months, is used as an opportunity to repress and intimidate all opposition and potential voices of dissidence. Thousands of people have been detained, jailed, and dismissed from their posts. Among them are the “Academics for Peace”, who signed a statement calling the government to stop the armed attacks and blockades in Kurdish towns and to return to the peace negotiations that it had abandoned. Signed by 2,212 academics form Turkey, the declaration is supported by 355 international scholars. As of March 2017, at least 383 signatories have been purged from their jobs and banned from traveling abroad. 

To show solidarity with the affected academics, Research Institute on Turkey and Bostonbul, both 503(1)c non-profits, GIT-NA and concerned academics in North America launched a campaign to raise $105,000 and support an equivalent of 35 academics for 6 months over minimum wage. The funds will be fully allocated to financially support the Academics for Peace through close collaboration with Education and Science Workers’ Union, Egitim-Sen, and other associations which are actively assisting the purged Academics for Peace at the local and international levels. 

Here is how you can help: 
Donate at this link. ( There is no small amount. All donations are fully tax deductible within legal limits. Your employer may match your donation -please use the name Research Institute on Turkey, Inc. with Tax ID # 81-4004031. For more information please see here, talk to your HR Rep, or contact us at
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I hope you will join me in this campaign and show your support and solidarity. 

My best regards, 

Zehra F.K. Arat 


Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat 

Professor of Political Science 

University of Connecticut

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