Friday, August 17, 2007

Mathematical Summer School reopens!

A big thank you to all who signed and supported the petition to Save Mathematical Summer School.

I quote the following from the post at that blog:

A letter was sent with the petition to the Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey, on 3 August 2007. Since then, this petition has achieved its immediate aim and its further signing is temporally paused.

The illegally closed School has been reopened -- at least for now-- on 10 August 2007.

Warmest thanks to everyone who fought for the School!

However, Professor Ali Nesin still faces prosecution. Indeed, on 7th August Professor Nesin was summoned to the prosecutor's office for interrogation. The key charge was "education without permission". The prosecutor told Professor Nesin's lawyer that he will open a trial against him in few days under Article TCK 263 of Turkish Criminal Code:
Persons who open or run illegal educational institutions can be jailed from 3 months to 1 year.The actions of the prosecutor appear to be in contradiction with the 27th article of the Turkish Constitution which guarantees the freedom to teach and learn arts and sciences:
Article 27 Freedom of Science and Arts
(1) Everyone has the right to study and teach freely, explain, and disseminate science and arts and to carry out research in these fields.
Professor Nesin has written to me that he is prepared to stand the trial on constitutional grounds in order to create a legal precedent. The issue now is freedom of Mathematics itself.

Regarding the situation around the school Professor Nesin posted a comment here updating the current situation. See the end of this post for more information about the incident, links etc.

Thank you. :)

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