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 on democracy and condemn such attacks by the Turkish government on the will of people. We are deeply concerned that this rising authoritarianism, which has historical precedent, will initiate further rights violations against civilians, including arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings.

HDP is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and progressive umbrella party representing over five million voters across Turkey, including Kurds, Armenians, Alevis, Ezidis, leftists, feminists and LGBTQ. In June 2015 elections, HDP won a historic success and became the third biggest party in the Turkish parliament. Failing to win enough votes to form a majority government, the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) launched a comprehensive crackdown against the opposition, especially the Kurdish-led HDP. Since then, the Turkish government’s authoritarianism has escalated. The opposition has been criminalized; a massive military campaign was launched in the Kurdish cities that HDP had landslide victories in the June 2015 elections; towns were razed to ground by the Turkish security forces, hundreds of thousands of civilians were forcibly displaced and thousands were killed. The past several months also witnessed numerous assaults on HDP representatives at the local level. Mayors, along with members of municipal assemblies, were arrested across the Kurdish region. The freedom of expression has been almost entirely undermined. The media has been repressed to an alarming degree, with the closure and confiscation of over a hundred of newspapers, media outlets, news agencies and television channels.

In the face of this rising authoritarianism in Turkey, we, as academics and scholars, call on the international community to stand in solidarity with the HDP and add voice to our voices to demand the immediate release of the imprisoned parliamentarians, mayors, journalists, and academics.

Please send your signatures and affilations to: peacebloc@gmail.com

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Ayca Alemdaroglu, Northwestern University

Muge Gocek, University of Michigan

Seevan Saeed, University of Exeter

Luca Lucic, Pratt Institute

Nicholas Glastonbury, CUNY

Kamal Soleimani, Queens College NY

Cevat Dargin, Princeton University

Amy Bartholomew, Carleton University, Peace Bloc

Susan Benson-Sokmen, University of Toronto

Janet Klein, University of Akron

Huseyin Rasit, Yale University

Fiona Adamson, SOAS University of London

Tom Beuchele, Pratt Institute

Sefiak Kumral, Johns Hopkins University

Ivan Zatz, Pratt Institute

Emine Deniz, NYU

Ric Brown, Pratt Institute

Glenn Kissack, CUNY

Firat Bozcali, Stanford University

Marci Green, Wolverhampton University

Kumru Toktamis, Pratt Institue, Peace Bloc

Julie Skurski, CUNY Graduate Center

Filiz Kahraman, University of Washington, Seattle

Joanna Bocheńska, Section of Kurdish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Susan C. Pearce, East Carolina University

Belinda Davis, Rutgers University, NJ

Philip Cartelli, Institut de recherche- interdisciplinaire sur des enjeux socialis, Paris, France

Marien Gonzales Hidalgo, Universidad Autonome de Barcelona, Spain

Ersin Asliturk, Okanagan College, BC

Esra Ozyurek, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Eda Erdener, Pomona College, CA

Sherifa Zuhur,  Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies

Tomasz Pudłocki, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Cathy Lisa Schneider, School of International Service, American Universit

Isabel David, University of Lisbon

Rela Mazali, Writer and Independent Scholar, Israel.

Ivan Huber, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Madison, NJ, USA

Darryl Li, University of Chicago

Tilsa Ponce Romero, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston

Feride Ceren Köse, The University of Texas at Austin.

Greg Key, Binghamton University.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Professor, Northwestern University

Altzinger Wilfried, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

James McDougall, University of Oxford, UK

Brittany Power, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona

Bronwyn Isaacs, Harvard University

Ismail Poonawala,Arabic & Islamic Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Saladdin Ahmed, Independent Scholar, Canada

Zeynep Korkman, UCLA, USA

Dereka Rushbrook, University of Arizona

Kenneth MacLeish,Center for Medicine, Health & Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA

Fateh Saeidi,  Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Alyssa Mathias, University of California, Los Angeles

Susila Gurusami, University of California, Los Angeles

Angela Stuesse, Department of Anthropology and Global Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

Meredith Tax, Writer, New York

Tessa Farmer, University of Virginia

Christian Sinclair, Moravian College, PA

Kevin Suleiman,  Leiden University College The Hague: Liberal Arts & Sciences – International Justice

Silvia Berger, FLACSO

Monica J. Casper, University of Arizona.

Mohan Ambikaipaker, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

Mariana Mora, CIESAS, Mexico City.

Saiba Varma, University of California, San Diego

Chad Kautzer, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Elisabetta Costa, University of Groningen

Michael D. Kennedy, Brown University

Lyle Jeremy Rubin, University of Rochester

Leila Hudson, University of Arizona

Anne Kane, University of Houston Downtown

Anand Vaidya, University of Bergen

Barbara S. Gawlick, Boston College

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Boston College

Nawzad Jemal, University of Salahaddin

Eszter Spat, Central European University

Deniz Cenk Demir, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University

Maria Six-Hohenbalken, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Katia Krupennikova, Amsterdam

Asli Zengin, Brandeis University

Ozlem Goner, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Mark Lance, Georgetown University, Washington DC USA

Dr Harman S. Maaroof, FIBMS, Iraq

Nadje Al-Ali, Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London

Rebecca Bryant, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science , UK

Katharina Brizic, University of Freiburg, Germany

Sabri Ates, SMU, Dallas, Texas

Jessica Cattelino, UCLA

Howard Pflanzer, Bronx Community College/CUNY

Anthony Alessandrini, English & Middle Eastern Studies, City University of New York, USA

Ted Swedenburg, University of Arkansas

Saffo Papantonopoulou, Anthropology and Middle East Studies, University of Arizona

Emrah Karakus, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona

Sapana Doshi, University of Arizona, Tucson

Jason Throop, UCLA

Susan Stryker, University of Arizona

Gary M. Grossman, Arizona State University

Andrew Culp, The University of Texas at Dallas

Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley

Pelin Kadercan, Brown University.

John Protevi, Louisiana State University

Ekin Kurtic, Harvard University

Shannon Speed, UCLA

Claudio Sopranzetti, University of Oxford, UK

Raja Swamy, University of Tennessee

Anna Secor, University of Kentucky

Wouter Osterholt, Berlin

Sahan S. Karatasli, Princeton University

Edoardo Monteforte , Università di Catania

Sherine Hamdy, Brown University

Ian Straughn, Brown University

Jonas Staal,  New World Summit, University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Miranda Joseph, Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Noah Zatz, University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA

Pınar Kılıçer, University of Oldenburg, German

Baki Tezcan,University of California, Davis

Salih Can Aciksoz, UCLA

Gul Ozyegin, Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA

Kim Shively, Kutztown University, PA

Elizabeth Oglesby, University of Arizona, USA

Ayça Çubukçu,  Department of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sarah Schulman, City University of New York, College of Staten Island

Bican Polat, Johns Hopkins University

Ali Zalme, University of the West of England  (UWE-Bristol)

Anna-Sara Malmgren, Stanford University

Arpan Roy, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Salima Tasdemir, University of Sussex, UK

Deniz Ekici, UC Berkeley

Eren Kaya, Peace Bloc

Ergin Kocyildirim, University of Pittsburgh, Peace Bloc

Peace Bloc North America

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