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28 May 2019Bilbao Campus

Statement support for Ayse Gul Altinay from the University of Deusto

Last Friday we heard with great shock and distress of our colleague from the University of Sabanci (Turkey), Ayse Gül Altinay’s sentencing of 25 months in prison for ‘willingly and knowingly supporting a terrorist organisation as a non-member’. Unfortunatelly, this is not a single case. She is one of over 1200 Academics for Peace who three years ago signed a statement in which they called for an end to violent state-sponsored persecution of Kurdish citizens of Turkey.

University of Deusto stands in solidarity with Ayse Gül Altinay, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Sabancı University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender) and editorial board member of the European Journal of Women’s Studies. She is also our H2020 Gearing Roles’s project partner. Thereby Deusto joins the various expressions of solidarity from institutions such as the London School of Economics or Columbia University.

Deusto, with other higher education entities, signed three years ago a statement of support for Turkish teachers of the Academics for Peace group and we adhere to the international network Scholars at Risk, whose goal is precisely to defend the freedom and rights of academics who suffer violations in various parts of the world for their ideas.