March 8, 2017
More than 300 academics from around the world have launched a petition campaign demanding the release of prominent professor and social scientist İştar Gözaydın, who has been behind bars since late December on terror charges.
Gözaydın was detained on Dec. 20 as part of an investigation conducted by the İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office into the faith-based Gülen movement. She was arrested on Dec. 27. The professor was head of the sociology department at the İzmir-based Gediz University, which was shut down by government decree along with thousands of other educational institutions in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15.
The academics’ petition is a letter intended for Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. In the letter the academics say: “We, the undersigned, strongly urge the immediate release of İştar Gözaydın from her arrest at the Aliağa Ceza İnfaz Kurumları Kampüsü. All evidence that is available to us suggests that she is, in fact, a prisoner of conscience of the Turkish state. We request that charges be dismissed directly. In the same breath, we ask that others among the 14 members of Gediz University similarly incarcerated on December 20, 2016 and the hundreds of other academics, journalists and activists currently incarcerated under similar circumstances receive like consideration.”
https://www.change.org/p/free-istar-g%C3%B6zaydin (PLEASE SIGN!)
http://standinggroups.ecpr.eu/religion/?p=518 (PLEASE SIGN!)