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Balance Sheet of 9-month long OHAL (State of Emergency): 7,619 academic staff is unemployed

During State of Emergency following 15th July coup attempt, the number of people either expunged or lost their work permits has reached to 123,518. Out of this number, 7,619 are academicians.

During State of Emergency which came in effect on 21st July 2016 and reached its 9th month, the the number of people either expunged or lost their work permits has reached to 123,518. Within this period the number of academicians who lost their jobs is 7,619, Turkish online news portal artıgerçek reported.

According to a report prepared by Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP), within the timespan of State of Emergency between 21st July 2016 and 20th April 2017 a total of 101,044 state employees were expunged from their positions. In addition, 22,474 personnel of the private education institutions shut down by the 667th executive order lost their work permits. When this number added to the state employees, the total number of people losing their jobs has reached to 123,518. In a news by Gazete Duvar, the decision was reversed for only 1,074 of them.

Minister of Education has the highest number of expelled employees

There have been 22 Executive orders during State of Emergency so far. Only five of them were discussed and approved at the parliament. The highest number of expelled employees as a result of these executive orders is from Ministry of Education: 33,099. Ministry of Internal Affairs follows with 24,061 expelled employees.  From higher education institutions, the number of the academicians losing their positions is 4,811. When 2,808 academicians who lost their work permits due to the shutdown of  their private universities are included, the total number of academicians who are forced to leave reached 7,619. The number of the administrative personnel expunged from the universities is 1,102.

312 Academics for Peace

The part of the report regarding ‘Academics for Peace’ is as follows: “In several addenda to the executive orders, Academics for Peace who were a subject of ongoing investigation due to their declaration at the beginning of 2016 were among the expelled academicians whose names were listed. 81 of them were expelled from 2016 executive orders, the number has reached to 125 with the executive order (KHK/679) dated on 6th January 2017. Another executive order (KHK/686) on 7th February 2017 included some of Academics for Peace, the number totaled at 312 by 17th February.”

“Furthermore, with executive order (KHK/667) the number of academicians without any jobs totaled at 2,808.”

“Similar to other state employees, these academicians have lost their rights to hold not only their special passports but also their ordinary passports and are prevented to leave the country. Such limitations were also implemented to their spouses and children.”

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