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We strongly urge the Turkish government to stop prosecuting academics, to abide by international human-rights values and to respect civil liberties — including freedom of speech (see Nature; 2016).

In a petition to the government this month, more than 2,000 academics from Turkey and thousands of international scholars have called for an end to the curfews and violence against people in Kurdish provinces. This prompted Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to order the Higher Education Board to take action against those academics he described as committing “treason”. Istanbul's Chief Public Prosecutor launched a criminal investigation based on Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which prosecutes those who insult the state.

We are deeply concerned about this escalating crisis. We hope that the international academic community will join us in condemning these attacks against our colleagues in Turkey.


And signatories

Caghan Kizil German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE),
Helmholtz Association, Dresden, Germany.
Bruce Alberts University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Pinar Ayata Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at
Mount Sinai, New York, USA.
Günter Blobel Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller
University, New York, USA.
Mario Capecchi University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.
Mary Marshall Clark Columbia Center for Oral History Research,
Columbia University, New York, USA.
Robert Curl Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA.
Winrich A. Freiwald The Rockefeller University, New York, USA.
Roald Hoffmann Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.
Daniel Mucida The Rockefeller University, New York, USA.
Eric J. Nestler Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at
Mount Sinai, New York, USA.
Jan M. Skotheim Stanford University, California, USA.
Alain Trautmann Cochin Institute, Inserm, CNRS UMR, Paris,
Harald zur Hausen German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ),
Heidelberg, Germany.
Emrah Altindis Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School,
Boston, USA.

AuthorJan Skotheim