European Mathematical Society condemns Turkish academic Tanbay’s detention

The European Mathematical Society called on Turkish authorities to immediately release academic Betül Tanbay, who was detained on Friday. 

Thirteen people, including academics and civil society activists, were detained by the Turkish police for what the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s office say their involvement in the nationwide Gezi Park protests of 2013.


EMS Statement on the Detention of Betül Tanbay The European Mathematical Society is outraged at the news that the...

Posted by Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society on Friday, November 16, 2018

Tanbay, a mathematician and a member of the European Mathematical Society’s executive committee, was released on Saturday after giving her deposition. 

“We are incredulous at the subsequent press release from the Istanbul Security Directorate accusing her of links to organised crime and attempts to topple the Turkish government,” the society said in its statement posted on Facebook.

“We have known her for many years as a talented scientist and teacher, a former President of the Turkish Mathematical Society, an open-minded citizen, and a true democrat,” the statement said.

“We demand that Professor Tanbay is immediately freed from detention, and we call on the whole European research community to raise its voice against this shameful mistreatment of our colleague, so frighteningly reminiscent of our continent's darkest times,” it said.