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International Council for Science (ICSU) urges Turkey to restore the Principle of Universality of Science

28 July 2016 — Recalling its Principle of Universality (freedom and responsibility) of Science (Statute 5) and Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal No. 16), the International Council for Science (ICSU) joins other international and national scientific organizations in expressing grave concern regarding the current situation in Turkey.

ICSU deplores the attempted coup d’état in Turkey on 15 July 2016, but is deeply concerned about developments since then and, particularly, about reports of Turkish academics and educators having lost their positions in a summary fashion in recent days.

ICSU respectfully urges the Turkish authorities to exercise restraint, observe the rule of law, and fully uphold the civil liberties and academic freedom of educators and researchers and to consider the harm contrary actions would do to their scholars, their institutions, and to the reputation of Turkey's higher education and research sector.

In this context, efforts by the ICSU Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the Turkish Local Organizing Committee towards maintaining the 41st COSPAR Assembly, scheduled to open in Istanbul on 30 July 2016, are to be commended, and it is understandable that under the conditions now prevalent in Turkey, cancellation was required.

ICSU expresses its solidarity with the academic and research community of Turkey, especially with ICSU National Member, the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, TÜBİTAK, and calls on other organizations to do the same.


See also statements and communiqués by:


Committee of Concerned Scientists

European University Association

International Association of Universities (IAU)

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Scholars at Risk

UK National Academies

UN Secretary-General (additional statement)


See also

Statement on Turkey by the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) of ICSU, January 2016

ICSU's Principle of Universality of Science

Sustainable Development Goals, Goal #16


You can download this statement as a PDF file.

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