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EFPA sends protest letter to Turkish Prime Minister re detention of psychologists in Turkey

21 Mar 2016

EFPA officially protests against detention of psychologists in Turkey and is worried about increasing state oppression against Academics-for-Peace.

EFPA President writing letter expressing concerns about reports in the international media of the detaining of academics for expressing freely and peacefully their views about political issues in Turkey.  

These reports give rise to concerns of the international professional and scientific communities about the way these subjects are being dealt by the authorities in Turkey.

 

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Office of the Prime Minister

Başbakanlık

06573 Ankara

Turkey

Brussels, March 18, 2016

 

Your Excellency,

There is a growing report in the international media of the detaining of academics for expressing freely and peacefully their views about political issues in Turkey.

These reports gave rise to concerns of the international professional and scientific communities about the way these subjects are being dealt by the authorities in your country.

I am writing on behalf of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations - EFPA that represents more than 300.000 psychologists from 36 European countries. One of the missions of EFPA is to contribute to the quality of life of people living in Europe and to a democratic and prosperous society.

EFPA supports the principle of the right to express viewpoints peacefully without incurring in sanctions. We stand by the principle of free circulation, association and expression of scientists. We value these contributions as a means to achieve advancement and to find peaceful solutions for the problems that afflict societies.

We value the participation of our Turkish colleagues as part of the European and international community. Differences in opinion should be acknowledged as contributions for the attempts to solve the problems that societies face, and our Turkish colleagues should be able to contribute without fear or retaliation or personal and professional consequences. We have been informed that a Turkish colleague Professor Esra MUNGAN, has been imprisoned together with other academics while doing just that. We have to protest against this action and ask you to free her and all others that are only expressing their view peacefully and offering their expertise in finding nonviolent solutions. 

We ask your Excellency to engage in a productive involvement with the scientists and academics, as a way of finding solutions to the problems that you are facing. 

If, in any way, we could be of help in this endeavour we stand ready to give our contribution.

On behalf of EFPA Executive Council

With kind regards,

Telmo Mourinho Baptista

President

 

 

 

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