Turkish academic Betül Havva Aymaz, who was dismissed from her position as part of a government purge following a failed coup on July 15, says she is stuck in Germany because Turkish government has recently cancelled her passport on the grounds that a warrant for her detention is outstanding back in Turkey.
According to T24 news portal, research assistant Aymaz has been dismissed from her job at Eskişehir Osmangazi University by a recently issued gov’t decree for her alleged ties to the Gülen movement.
She is among the Turkish citizens whose passports were cancelled by Turkish gov’t as part of measures taken after the coup attempt.
Aymaz has announced that she is going to hold peaceful sit-in everyday between12 a.m.-1 p.m. in German city of Tübingen to protest her “unlawful” dismissal.
Aymaz is one of the signatories of a peace declaration criticizing curfews declared in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeastern districts in 2015.
A new decree issued on last Tuesday purged a total of 4,464 civil servants from state bodies, among them 115 academics who signed the declaration along with over 1,100 other academics from 90 universities across Turkey on Jan. 11 of last year.
The peace declaration called on the government to halt the operations by security forces in southeastern Turkey, restore peace to the nation and return to the negotiating table to restart shelved talks with the Kurds to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.