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The Turkish state puts “Academics For Peace” behind bars

Tuna Altinel has been released on 30 July 2019 after 81 days in jail. His passport is still being withheld by the Turkish authorities which means he cannot return to France. Although Tuna was acquitted in January, 2020, and the acquittal was confirmed after the court rejected the prosecutor's appeal in September, the Civil registration offices have issued a laconic denial on 28th September.

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Tuna Altınel, an assistant professor at University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 since 1996 and a member of Institut Camille Jordan, was incarcerated by the Turkish authorities on Saturday 11 May, 2019. Internationally recognized as a mathematician, he is also a professor who stands as a model in clarity and dedication. He is also involved in the defense of human rights through the “Academics For Peace” movement.

Tuna Altınel is being prosecuted by the Turkish justice system for signing a petition entitled “We, Turkish academics, will not be a party to this crime”, in January 2016. This petition denounced the intervention of Turkish military forces in the south-east provinces of Turkey since the summer of 2015 (UN HCHR report) and called for the resumption of talks in order to restore peace.

As he arrived in Turkey on 12 April during French academic recess, his passport was confiscated. He was then arrested and incarcerated on Saturday 11 May. In February 2019, he participated in a public meeting—organized by an association legally recognized in France—, aiming to raise awareness about the consequences of military intervention on the civilian populations. His participation in that meeting appears to be one of the charges held against him.

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