Over 41,000 education staff dismissed since 2016 coup attempt in Turkey

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A protester holds a placard reading "Academy will not bow to government", on December 5, 2017 in front of Istanbul's courthouse, during a demonstration in support of a group of academics charged with terror offences for signing a petition almost two years ago calling for peace in the Kurdish-dominated southeast. Over 1,120 Turkish and also foreign academics initially signed the petition which denounced the actions of Turkey's military in the southeast where deadly clashes had erupted with outlawed Kurdish militants in 2015. The first 10 academics charged -- from Istanbul University and Galatasaray University -- went on trial on December 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

A total of 34,000 teachers have been dismissed along with 5,882 academics and 1,372 administrative personnel from universities in Turkey as part of a post-coup crackdown conducted by the government, a recent report said.

The Human Rights Association’s (IHD) Istanbul branch released a report on rights violations in the education sector during a press conference on Thursday.

The number of dismissed teachers has reached 34,000, that of academics 5,882 and university personnel 1,372, the report said.

Meanwhile, the number of teachers who committed suicide after losing their jobs now totals 50, IHD officials said.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. The government declared a state of emergency days after the putsch and have issued dozens of emergency decrees to purge its critics from state institutions.

Those dismissed were accused of having links to the Gülen movement, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or other alleged terrorist groups.

(Turkey Purge)

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