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Egypt and Turkey: Academics under attack

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Academics, students and university campuses have recently become major targets for repression by authoritarian governments in Egypt and Turkey. In Egypt hundreds of students and academics have been arrested as part of an escalating crackdown on dissent since the military coup of 2013. In January 2016, Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni went missing. His body was later found bearing marks of torture. The Egyptian government eventually admitted that state security officials had put Giulio under surveillance but deny any role in his torture and murder.

Meanwhile thousands of Turkish and Kurdish academics have been forced from their jobs and hundreds arrested during the past two years.

This public meeting brings together academics from Egypt and Turkey with campaigners to discuss what we can do here in the UK to mobilise solidarity for our colleagues who are under threat.

Speakers: Anne Alexander Bermal Aydin Bahar Baser Khaled Fahmy

Organised by Egypt Solidarity Initiative, Academics for Peace in Turkey – UK, Cambridge UCU , and Pembroke Middle East Series.

This talk is part of the Cambridge UCU series.

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