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Nature editorial: Restore justice in Turkey

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    Restore justice in Turkey

    Hundreds of academics and scientists are caught up in political crackdowns in the wake of petitions for peace.
    Peace is a dangerous cause to fight for in Turkey right now. In the latest blow to academics, 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association, including its president, Raşit T?kel, were arrested in early-morning raids last week. Their crime? Using the slogan that war is a matter of public health, the association had called for a halt to the Turkish army?s cross-border assault on military units of Syrian Kurds, launched on 20 January to international consternation. (The Kurdish units targeted have been fighting alongside US troops against the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS in northwest Syria.) The raids follow the arrest of more than a thousand academics who signed a petition in January 2016 calling for peace in the country?s southeast, where government forces were fighting Kurdish separatists. Many face criminal charges, and hundreds lost their jobs.
    University professors and scientists were also among the 150,000 public servants who were detained and dismissed when draconian laws and a state of emergency were imposed after a failed coup in July 2016...