Enough Already!

On November 4, 2016, the Turkish police took eleven HDP (Peoples’ Democracy Party) parliamentarians, including the co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, into custody. The MPs’ houses and the party’s headquarters were raided, doors were broken and the parliamentarians were forcefully detained. We, the undersigned academics across the globe, consider this incident a troubling assault…

Press Release

For release May 2, 2016 As a group of various professionals residing in North America, among whom are academics and physicians, we have decided to establish Peace Bloc in order to try and address some of the recent political problems in Turkey and the Middle East. Peace Bloc will work as a non-partisan, non-profit organization that will…

A Statement by Peace Bloc on Academics in Turkey

As academics committed to seeking knowledge and to the free dissemination of information, Peace Bloc is appalled by the repression, persecution and prosecution of Turkish scholars for expressing their concern about the growing violence within the country and specifically, the state aggression and illegal treatment of citizens in the Kurdish region of the country. The call…

Syrian Refugee Crisis:

Since 2011, civil war and conflict between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian opposition forces, and ISIS, have resulted in more than 200,000 deaths and have caused more than half of the country’s population of 22 million citizens to flee their homes. The mass displacement of the Syrian people the worst humanitarian crises…