Turkey’s prestigious Galatasaray cancelled the classes taught by forensic science professor, Şebnem Korur Fincancı for signing a long-debated declaration that criticized Turkish military action in the largely Kurdish southeast.
Giving forensic science lectures at the university’s law department since 2006, Professor Fincancı said the university were forced by the state-run Higher Education Board (YÖK) to cancel her lectures.
“They are trying to suppress these people. …This pressure will eventually end if we stand together,” she called colleagues to solidarity.
Published in early this year, the declaration accuses the government of carrying out heavy-handed operations in Turkey’s southeast region where the outlawed PKK militants and the military has been in clashes since a breakdown in the years-long ceasefire between the two in July, 2015.
It was signed by more than 1,000 intellectuals both from inside and outside Turkey including US philosopher Noam Chomsky.