Academics for Peace: Defending Academic Freedoms in Times of Emergency
Academics for Peace: Defending Academic Freedoms in Times of Emergency (2017)
87 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2019
Date Written: December 20, 2017
The purpose of this book was to present a comprehensive assessment of the legal dimensions of a process which can be best described as a witch-hunt started after the signing and publishing of the Declaration of Academics for Peace in January 2016. This fifteen month period is marked by administrative proceedings, suspensions and dismissals at universities, followed by criminal investigations launched across the country by public prosecutors against academics for peace on grounds of “disseminating terrorist propaganda” and finally the launching of criminal proceedings against four faculty members. Finally, 312 signatory academics were dismissed from public service for being “members of, having an affiliation, link or connection with terrorist organizations or structures, formations or groups which have been determined by the National Security Council to perform activities against the national security of the State”, based on Article 2 of Emergency Decree 672 and Article 1 of Emergency Decrees 675, 677, 679 and 686, all of which were adopted as postcoup measures under the State of Emergency declared after 15 July 2016. The process is stillongoing.
Keywords: academic freedom, freedom of expression, state of emergency, dismissals, European Convention on Human Rights
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K33
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