Monday, January 9, 2012

Scientists' Clash with the State

GIT-North America Blog has earlier reported on the current efforts of the Turkish state to criminalize scientists and science institutions in entries such as Criminalizing Research: The case of Onur Hamzaoğlu and Freedom of Science. The following report dated 1998 by the American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest organization of natural and social scientists in the USA demonstrates the historical and legal framework of the Turkish state's repression on researchers and research by using four vivid examples including medical professionals such as Seyfettin Kizilkan, who were prosecuted "for allegedly treating or otherwise supporting the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK)" and the cases of Haluk Gerger and Ismail Besikci, two prominent social scientists imprisoned for expression of their views.

Read the report here: Scientists Clash with the State