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‘It remains imperative to keep a close eye on the proceedings.’ Protesters gather in front of an Istanbul courthouse, in support of the group of academics charged with terror offences. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Last week the trials began in Istanbul of those who signed the Academics for Peace petition in January 2016. A total of 148 trials are scheduled through to May 2018, with new trials expected to be announced in the near future. Each focuses on a single individual, but the indictment is the same for all of them. If they are found guilty, each signatory faces a prison sentence of up to seven-and-a-half years.

In the petition, entitled “We will not be a party to this crime”, more than 2,000 signatories sought a negotiated solution to the military conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK).…  Seguir leyendo »