“The Turkish government’s crackdown is targeting academics and damaging its universities”, said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“One major role of universities is to provide a forum for critical debates and scholarship on controversial topics”, Williamson said. “Turkey’s assault on academic freedom negatively affects not only its universities, but also society at large.”
Under the current state of emergency, put in place shortly after the coup attempt in July 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chairs the cabinet, which can pass emergency decrees without parliamentary scrutiny or the possibility of appeal to the constitutional court.
CHP EU Representation