Devin Windelspecht, Peace Bloc: Advocating for Academics in Turkey, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2016, Pages 6-7 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/peace-bloc-advocating-academics-turkey/) Abstract: In January of this year, a collection of 1,128 Turkish citizens, 90 of whom were members of Turkish universities, unitarily stood in protest to the Turkish government through a petition entitled, "We Will Not Be a Party to this Crime!" Stylizing themselves as the "Academicians for Peace," they declared that the Turkish government had forsaken the rights of life, liberty, security, and freedom from torture through its actions in towns such as Sur, Silvan, Silopi, and others in the Kurdish province of the country.   Demanding an end to the "deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region," the self-titled Academicians soon found themselves under criminal investigation, potentially facing up to five years in prison for alleged "terror propaganda." Accused of being "fifth columns" for foreign powers, sympathizing with terrorists, and undermining national security, these signatories quickly became the subjects of threats, intimidation, and … Topics: Conflict Resolution; Education; Human Rights; Politics