CTF sends letter of protest to Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

July 21, 2016

OTTAWA – The suspension of 15,200 teachers, the license revocation of 21,000 private school teachers, and the forced resignation of 1,500 university deans throughout Turkey are in violation of several international conventions and recommendations pertaining to the education sector.

Education International has made an urgent request to the government of Turkey to reverse these decisions and respect the international standards protecting the trade union rights and academic freedoms of all educators and education support staff.

See below the Canadian Teachers’ Federation letter sent today to the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Canada. All Member organizations and their members are invited to join in the call for democracy and justice.

More information: https://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/news_details/4046

July 21, 2016

His Excellency Selcuk Unal
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Canada
197 Wurtemburg Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8L9

Dear Ambassador:

On behalf of the 231,000 teachers in Canada represented by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, I urge your government to reinstate the over 15,000 teachers who have been suspended following the failed coup d’état.

The silencing and punishment of educators without due process or cause defies democracy and human rights. I would like to quote a section of your letter posted on the Turkish Embassy website, which states:

…“Turkey and Canada share common values such as democracy, human rights, rule of law and free market economy.”

We fail to see how this firing of teachers supports these values. We call on Turkish authorities to observe the rule of law and uphold the democratic values of the Turkish society.

Yours sincerely,

Heather Smith

Cc The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary, Education International

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