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Turkey: Expert Opinion on the Charges Against Academic Bülent Şık

Yazar / Referans: 
Article 19
Tarih: 
26/09/2019

On 26 September 2019, lawyers defending academic Bülent Şik submitted ARTICLE 19’s expert opinion in a case in which he was charged of disclosure of prohibited and confidential information and securing prohibited information. If found guilty, Şik would face a custodial sentence of 5 to 12 years.

ARTICLE 19 submits that the prosecution of Şık in this case violates his right to freedom of expression, as it constitutes a disproportionate interference that is not necessary in a democratic society.

Turkey: Charges Against Whistleblower Who Exposed Public Health Dangers Must Be Dropped

Yazar / Referans: 
Amnesty International
Tarih: 
25/09/2019

Ahead of the expected verdict for academic Dr Bülent Şık, who faces up to twelve years in jail for “disclosing classified information” after revealing the findings of his research that exposed toxic pollution that was a risk to public health, Amnesty international’s Senior Campaigner on Turkey Milena Buyum said:

HDP MP Submits Law Proposal for Reinstatement of Academics for Peace

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Bianet
Tarih: 
16/09/2019

HDP MP Toğrul has submitted a law proposal to the parliament for the Academics for Peace who were expelled by Statutory Decrees to return to their posts.

Peoples' Democratic Party MP Dr. Mahmut Toğrul has submitted a law proposal to the Speaker's Office at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) for the return of the signatories of the Peace Declaration to their posts.

Prosecutor Requests Prison Sentence for Academic Despite Constitutional Court Decision

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Bianet
Tarih: 
12/09/2019

While the prosecutor requested academic Akyüz be sentenced to prison, the court has acquitted her. A total of 106 academics have been acquitted so far.

The trials of the Academics for Peace continued today (September 12).

The hearing of Dr. Lecturer Latife Akyüz from Düzce University has been held at İstanbul Courthouse. Akyüz attended the hearing via Audio and Video Information System (SEGBİS).

CHP Submits Bill of Law for Reinstatement of Academics for Peace

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Bianet
Tarih: 
11/09/2019

Republican People's Party (CHP) Group Deputy Chair Özgür Özel has announced that they have submitted a bill of law to the Speaker's Office, requesting that 406 academics signatory to the peace declaration be reinstated and the unjust treatment they suffered be compensated.

Holding a statement for the press to share the bill of law with the public, Özel has indicated that they submitted the bill after the Constitutional Court ruled that the rights of Academics for Peace have been violated.

38 Academics Acquitted So Far

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Bianet
Tarih: 
11/09/2019

Academics Serdar Değirmencioğlu and Özlem Savaş have been acquitted by the 30th Heavy Penal Court in line with the Constitutional Court decision. The 25th Heavy Penal Court acquitted 12 academics without a public hearing.

Hearing of the academics who have been on trial for having signed the declaration entitled, "We will not be a party to this crime" continued today (September 11).

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