Philosophy Student Arrested in Turkey (updated)


Jülide Yazıcı, a student in the Philosophy Department in Boğaziçi University who was active on social media supporting academics threatened by the Turkish government, was arrested two days ago. According to one source, she was charged with “being a member of an armed terrorist organisation” and “spreading terrorist propaganda.” The specifics of the accusations are unknown to her because the details of “terror cases” are kept secret. She is currently in jail and is expected to be so until her trial. Four  [correction] Two other students and one recent graduate from the university were also arrested.

A petition calling for her release is here (in Turkish and English). Please consider signing.

Jülide Yazıcı

Jülide Yazıcı

From the petition: “Jülide is our friend who opposes injustices, defends peace, workers, and women. She is our friend who struggles with us shoulder to shoulder. We demand an end to this unjust imprisonment and ask everyone for solidarity. We are going to be following the case until our friend joins us again and wins her freedom.”

UPDATE (2/2/16): The petition has over 6100 signatories. Please continue to share this post so that more sign. At the moment, sources in Turkey say that it looks like the government will be keeping Jülide and other students in jail for 3 to 6 months, prior to their trials. I will update the post as further information comes in.

Students Arrested in Turkey

 UPDATE (2/5/16): The following is Jülide’s address in the woman’s prison in Istanbul. This was passed on to me from a contact in Turkey who thought it would be for her to receive some letters or postcards to help lift her spirits while she awaits trial:

JULIDE YAZICI
BAKIRKOY KADIN KAPALI CEZA INFAZ KURUMU
KOGUS: C-12
ZUHURATBABA MAH. DR. TEVFIK SAGLAM CAD.
LEPRA HASTANESI YANI, NO:28
BAKIRKOY / ISTANBUL

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