Debate night on human rights in Turkey

03-03-2017 15:26 to 30-03-2017 00:00
Auditorium D, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent,
Eva Brems and Blanche Devos
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Panel members, experts from freedom of expression rights and journalists, will give their opinion on the human rights in Turkey, in a public debate, everyone welcome.

Panel members

  • Prof. Selin Esen, Ankara University, Public Law Department
  • Mustafa Kuleli, Journalists Union in Turkey
  • Mehmet Koksal, European Federation of Journalists
  • Jenny Vanderlinden, coordinator of Turkey at Amnesty International Belgium
  • Özgür Mumcu, Turkish Journalist at the Cumhuriyet newspaper
  • Muratcan Sanbuncu, son of Murat Sanbuncu, emprisoned chief-editor Cumhuriyet newspaper


Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director of Internationalization at Ghent University.


Prof. dr. Eva Brems

Why this debate?

During an Erasmus exchange in the fall of 2016 in Hamburg, one of our students, Blanche Devos, met a Turkish student, Muratcan Sanbuncu.
The breezy Erasmus atmosphere changed when the news came out in October that Muratcan’s father, Murat Sanbuncu, chief-editor of the Turkish  newspaper Cumhuriyet, was arrested in Instanbul.

The arrests of more than 10 Cumhuriyet journalists were based on unfounded claims.
Similarly in February, Turkish authorities struck at universities, dismissing without good cause 330 academics at 49 universities.
Under the state of emergency, Turkey is destroying the freedom of expression of the press as well as academics, thus undermining democracy.
We will discuss these events with journalists and other experts from/on Turkey.

Ghent University is explicitly committed to the protection of human rights and academic freedom. The meeting will convey the solidarity of the Ghent University community with journalists, academics and other individuals whose rights are under threat in Turkey.

Following the great success of similar events that were held at the Sorbonne University in Paris in December and at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg in January, Muratcan and Blanche will host this event with the support of the Human Rights Centre and the Scholars at Risk project at Ghent University.

A get-together will take place after the event. This debate is public for everyone who is interested in human rights in general and Turkey.

This event takes place on 29 March 2017, 8 p.m., in Aud. D, Blandijn, Ghent.