EUA has expressed in several occasions its concerns regarding the measures taken in Turkey since the attempted coup in July 2016 and keeps monitoring the evolution of the situation for the higher education sector.
As of beginning of May 2017, 3900 public employees have been arrested, and even larger number suspended according to news reports. Among the sacked are also 484 academic and 98 administrative staff from different universities. As for other dismissed public employees, their names have published on the website of the Turkish Official Journal, on Saturday, 29 April.
The lists also mention 59 students studying on a grant abroad, with whom “relationships” have been cut. In addition, another 45 civil society organisations have been closed. Another list mentions public employees, who have been allowed to return to work, among them 18 academics from 13 different universities.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein voiced concern at mass arrests and sackings of public employees in Turkey and the renewed state of emergency there, saying a "climate of fear" now reigned. He told a news conference in Geneva that Ankara had to respond to violent attacks but must not violate human rights while doing so.
Read the pressreport:
"U.N. rights chief questions due process in Turkey purges"