TRIAL OF ACADEMICS: Statement as to the Accusations of Academic Ayşe Gül Altınay

TRIAL OF ACADEMICS: Statement as to the Accusations of Academic Ayşe Gül Altınay

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Prof. Dr. Ayşe Gül Altınay, who has been working in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies and gender at Sabancı University, is one of the academics who have been charged with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” for having signed the declaration entitled “We will not be a party to this crime” prepared by the Academics for Peace.

In her fourth hearing held on May 21, 2019, Ayşe Gül Altınay has been sentenced to 2 years and 1 month in prison on charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization as a non-member” by the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court. Since the prison term of the academic is over two years, her prison sentence has not been deferred.

We are publishing the statement as to the accusations of Prof. Dr. Ayşe Gül Altınay, which she presented at her final hearing held on May 21, 2019.

(Click here to read statements of Academics for Peace published in English)

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Every individual, every family living in this geography has suffered from past wars, migrations and experiences of violence.

In terms of the cycle of violence that trauma studies alert us to, we live in a challenging, vulnerable geography.

Yet, what we make of these past experiences of pain is up to us…

Are we going to turn our pain into more violence, hate, pain and injustice, or into steps that multiply life, beauty, love, peace and justice?

This is the main question that shapes my work and my life.

I firmly believe that we all have new steps we can take towards healing the traumas that have been transmitted from one generation to the other, and to break out of the cycles of violence that we are living through. (AGA/SD)

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