Letter to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President Erdoğan:

On behalf of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), we are writing to express our concern over investigations into, and prosecutions of, signatories of the statement “We will not be a party to this crime.” We understand that many feminist scholars, including members of IAFFE, are among those who signed this petition calling for an end to the state violence against Kurds and for a return to peace negotiations.

The International Association for Feminist Economics is an open, diverse community of academics, activists, policy theorists, and practitioners from around the world. Our common cause is to further gender-aware and inclusive economic inquiry and policy analysis with the goal of enhancing the well-being of children, women, and men, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin. We are deeply concerned about the punitive actions that jeopardize well-being and violate the freedom of expression, including academic freedom, of our members and other academics who have signed the petition.

We urge the Turkish government to stop all punitive actions against the signatories of the Peace Petition and that Turkey observe the international human rights conventions to which it is legally bound, as well as norms of freedom of expression essential in all democratic societies.

Respectfully,

Şemsa Özar, President of IAFFE

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
Cecilia Conrad, Board Chair
Joyce Jacobsen, President Elect
Ann Mari May, Executive Vice President & Treasurer
Ebru Kongar, Executive Vice President & Secretary
Diana Strassmann, Editor of Feminist Economics

Cc:
Bekir Bozdağ
Minister of Justice
06669 Kizilay
Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 419 3370

The Honorable John F. Kerry
United States Secretary of State
US Department of State
2201C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Ambassador Serdar Kılıç
Turkish Ambassador to the United States
2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington,DC 20008
Fax: 202‐612‐6744
Email: embassy.washingtondc@mfa.gov.tr

Ambassador John Bass
American Embassy Ankara
110 Atatürk Blvd
Kavaklıdere, 06100 Ankara ‐ Turkey
Fax: (90‐312) 467‐0019
Email: webmasterankara@state.gov

Ms. Victoria Nuland
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
US Department of State
2201C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Fax: 202‐736‐4462

The Honorable Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations, CH‐1211
Geneva 10, Switzerland

Sent January 21, 2016