Objection note: PHM Brazil and the Women for Health at the University(MUSAs) reject the current impeachment procedures

The People’s Health Movement in Brazil and the Women for Health at the University (MUSAs) strongly reject the current impeachment procedures against the democratic
elected president Dilma Roussef and call for the defense of the democratic order and the maintenance of a progressive project for Brazil that protects the rights of women and minorities, all so dangerously threatened. Read the full statement HERE!

People’s Health Movement (PHM) Europe stands with Turkish Academics for Peace

In the recent International People’s Health University held in Brussels, PHM representatives from ten European countries shared the challenges they face while mobilising for the right to health, and discussed strategies to strengthen international solidarity.

 

In Turkey, after two years of peace process for the Kurdish situation, the government went back to the dark days of the armed conflict. In response, several academics stood up for peace with the declaration of the Academics for Peace (Barış İçin Akademisyenler, BAK) “We will not be a party to this crime”, signed overall by 2212 academics and researchers from Turkey, and 2279 from abroad.

 

After the public release of the declaration, signatories from 89 universities across Turkey faced accusations such as “supporters of terror”, “traitors”, “straw or copy intellectuals” in public statements made by the President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in addition to several other government authorities, such as the Council of Higher Education (CoHE), the Inter-university Council, and the presidencies of various universitie.

 

In some cities lynching campaigns against academics were held, which included threats, intimidation and targeting. In addition, some universities initiated administrative processes on individual academics, including extralegal practices such as firing, “preventive suspension”, “ban on entering the university campus”, thus violating the right to work of many. In several cases individual academics were called to the local police or the prosecutor’s office to give their statement as to why they had signed the declaration.

 

The signatories face court prosecution under Article 7 of the Anti-terror Law (Terörle Mücadele Kanunu, TMK) for “propagandizing in favor of the terrorist organization” and/or under the Articles 301 and 216 of the Turkish Penal Code (Türk Ceza Kanunu, TCK) for “insulting Turkishness”.

 

This situation reflects the further deterioration and dissolution of freedom of expression, academic freedom and autonomy in Turkey.

Today, April 22nd, in the day of the first hearing before the 13th High Criminal Court in Istanbul, PHM Europe stands with the four academics on trial and for the freedom of expression in Turkey, and demands the following:

 

  1. we call the Universities Authorities in Turkey to take no disciplinary actions against the signatories;

  2. we call the Turkish Government to release immediately the four imprisoned academics and to cease any legal prosecution for all 2212 academics who signed the declaration;

  3. we expect the Turkish State to respect international laws regarding to freedom of speech and expression.

Action day against health privatisation + International People's Health University:7-10 April in Brussels

On April 7th - as previously announced - PHM Europe will participate in the European action day against the privatisation of health and social protection. In Brussels, a series of actions will shine a spotlight on the damaging consequences to citizens and workers of the increasing commercialisation of healthcare services by governments across the continent. Following a morning press conference and seminar, a street action we will invite participants for treatment at one of two temporary hospitals: one for those that can afford to pay for treatment and one for everyone else. This will highlight the two-tier healthcare system that commercialisation is creating. More information here http://www.europhave e-health-network.net/spip.php?article143 and here https://www.facebook.com/events/227234777620210/.
 
Then, from the 8th to the 10th, PHM Europe and Thirld World Health Aid (TWHA) co-organise an International People's Health University titled "Mobilising for health: strategies, practices, alliances". This is also part of an action-research project on social movements and health that PHM is running in six countries, including Italy (see the phase 1 report here). The meeting will be a chance to exchange this experience, but even more to mobilise at the European level.
 
 

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