Letter to President Erdoğan of Turkey

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of the Republic of Turkey
T.C. Cumhurbaşkan Genel Sekreterliği
06689 Çankaya, Ankara
Turkey

Via Email: cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr

President Erdoğan:

On behalf of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), we are writing to deplore the coup attempt and express our concern over the actions of the Turkish government against academics in Turkey. These include travel abroad ban for academics, suspension of 15,200 education staff, and the ordering by the Higher Education Council (YÖK) of resignation of all Deans from both Turkey's Public and foundation universities. We understand that some universities also have taken actions against academics who are the signatories of the peace petition earlier in 2016. IAFFE condemns strongly and unconditionally these actions against academics, and expresses its heartfelt support for the academic community in Turkey.

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 actions that jeopardize well-being of all and violate the freedom of expression, including academic freedom, of our members and other academics who have signed the peace petition. 

We urge the Turkish government and Turkish authorities to respect the basic rights of academics and their institutions, and call on Turkey observe the international human rights conventions to which it is legally bound, as well as norms of academic freedom essential in all democratic societies.

Respectfully,

Joyce Jacobsen, President of IAFFE

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

Cc:

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım
Office of the Prime Minister 
Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey 
Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 62 82; + 90 312 422 26 67

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 August 4, 2016