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Professor Füsun Üstel
sentenced
Academics for Peace Case

Ms. Füsun Üstel is a well-known professor in the field of political science. She used to be a faculty member of the Department of Political Science at Galatasaray University, a reputable institution, in which she also served as the Chair. Apart from her academic studies, she has a long history in civil society organizations, including the Citizens Assembly and History Foundation.

She was forced to retire from her position at the university after signing the Academics for Peace petition (see further down), published January 11, 2016. She was charged and convicted for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” by the İstanbul 32nd High Criminal Court. In April 2018, Ms. Füsun Üstel was sentenced to one year and and three months imprisonment.

Early May, a few weeks later, Ms. Füsun Üstel’s lawyers appealed to the court of deferment of the verdict, but her appeal was denied. A complaint in her case is now pending at the Constitutional Court.

On February 25, 2019 the 3rd Panel Chamber of the İstanbul Regional Court of Justice has upheld the prison sentence of one year and three months previously given her. Thus, the prison sentence given to Ms. Üstel on April 4, 2019 has become definite and she submitted herself to Eskişehir Women’s Closed Prison on May 8, 2019. 

On July 22, 2019 she was released by the suspension of the execution.

updated: 31/07/2019, 16:35

ACADEMICS FOR PEACE TRİALS

The petition “We will not be a party to this crime” was signed by 1128 academicians from 89 universities on 11 January 2016 calling for permanent solutions for peace and for an end to the violence targeting people of the region, especially during the curfews, after the resumption of the armed conflict following the collapse of peace process.

On January 10, 2016, 1,128 academics published a petition entitled ‘We will not be party to this crime’(Bu Suça Ortak Olmayacağız). They demanded the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the Kurdish in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre and Silopi and other places in the Kurdish regions

This petitionwas part of the Academics for Peace initiative, founded in 2012 in response to a Kurdish prisoners’ hungerstrike. Hundreds of academics, from fifty universities, came together and decided to work for a peace process in Turkey. They wanted to contribute by sharing knowledge and producing information on topics like peacebuilding, education in native languages and the destruction of the environment through war.

Well over 2,000 academics have now signed the petition.Hundreds of them have been fired from their jobs, their passports have been cancelled and confiscated, several were physically and verbally threatened.Over 450 academics have been arrested and have stood trial. They we accused of ‘propagandising on behalf of a terrorist organisation’ under the Article 7/2 of the Turkish Anti-Terror Law No. 3713.

Despite the repression, threats and harassment, a great majority of academics have continued to stand behind their initial statement  and collectively support each other.

As of 30 June 2019 among the academics who signed the Petition for Peace:

  • Removed and banned from public service with decree laws: 406 individuals (398 from public, 8 from private/foundation universities)
  • Dismissed from their jobs: 89 individuals (40 from public, 49 from foundation universities)
  • Resigned/forced to resign: 72 individuals (47 from public, 25 from foundation universities)
  • Retired/forced to retire: 27 individuals (26 from public, 1 from a foundation university)
  • Subject to disciplinary investigation: 505 individuals (442 public, 63 foundation)
  • Preventive suspension: 101 individuals (90 public, 11 foundation)

As of 30 June 2019, 510 academicians stood trial

  • 135 academicians were sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison.
  • 9 academicians were sentenced to 1 year, 6 months in prison.
  • 1 academician was sentenced to 1 year 6 months 22 days in prison.
  • 18 academicians were sentenced to 1 year, 10 months, 15 days in prison.
  • 4 academician was sentenced to 2 years, 1 month in prison.
  • 17 academician was sentenced to 2 years, 3 months in prison.
  • 6 academician was sentenced to 2 years, 6 months in prison.
  • 1 academician was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Academicians who will be imprisoned by the approvement of Court of Appeal are:

  1. Prof. Büşra Ersanlı – Sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison (32nd Heavy Penal Court)
  2. Prof. Füsun Üstel – Sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison (32nd Heavy Penal Court)
  3. Prof. Ayşe Erzan – Sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison (32nd Heavy Penal Court)
  4. Prof. Nesrin Sungur Çakmak – Sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison (32nd Heavy Penal Court)
  5. Prof. Özdemir Aktan Sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison (32nd Heavy Penal Court)
  6. Assist. Prof. Lütfiye Bozdağ – Sentenced to 1 year, 6 months in prison (37th Heavy Penal Court)
  7. Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı – Sentenced to 2 years, 6 months in prison (37th Heavy Penal Court)
  8. Prof. Gençay Gürsoy – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months in prison (37th Heavy Penal Court)
  9. Lecturer Yonca Demir – Sentenced to 3 years in prison (28th Heavy Penal Court)
  10. Assoc. Prof. Alper Akyüz – Sentenced to 2 years, 6 months (25th Heavy Penal Court)
  11. Assoc. Prof. İlkay Yılmaz – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  12. Dr. Hülya Kirmanoğlu – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  13. Res. Assist. Eda Aslı Şeran – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  14. Assoc. Prof. İsmet Akça – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  15. Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Bekmen – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  16. Assoc. Prof. Özgür Müftüoğlu – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  17. Assoc. Prof. Nihan Aksakallı – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  18. Assoc. Prof. Haydar Durak – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  19. Assoc. Prof. Aysuda Kölemen – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  20. Lecturer İlkay Özkuralpli – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  21. Lecturer Esra Kaliber – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  22. Dr. Zeynep Tül Süalp – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  23. Assoc. Prof. Öznur Yaşar Diner – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  24. Lecturer Remzi Orkun Güner – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (33rd Heavy Penal Court)
  25. Res. Assist. Çare Olgun Çalışkan – Sentenced to 2 years, 3 months (28th Heavy Penal Court)
  26. Assoc. Prof. Nevin Zeynep Yelçe – Sentenced to 2 years 6 months (27th Heavy Penal Court)
  27. Assist. Prof. Gevher Gökçe – Sentenced to 2 years 1 month (15th Heavy Penal Court)
  28. Prof. Ali Kerem Saysel – Sentenced to 2 years 6 months (27th Heavy Penal Court)
  29. Assoc. Prof. Koray Çalışkan – Sentenced to 2 years 3 months (37th Heavy Penal Court)
  30. Res. Assist. Süreyya Topaloğlu – Sentenced to 2 years 6 months (25th Heavy Penal Court)
  31. Prof. Ayşegül Altınay – Sentenced to 2 years 1 months (25th Heavy Penal Court)
  32. Assoc. Prof. Noemi Levy Aksu – Sentenced to 2 years 6 months (27th Heavy Penal Court)
 
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