The Canadian Federation of Students condemns the detention of Carleton University Ph.D. Candidate, Cihan Erdall.
He is among dozens of people named in warrants issued across Turkey and is being held at a detention centre in the Turkish capital, Ankara. His research focuses on youth-led social movements in Europe, Turkey included. His work is not critical of the Turkish state. Cihan is also a member of the LGBTQ community and could face additional persecution for his sexuality. Carleton’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology is also urging the Turkish government to release Erdal and the other 81 arrested people and to ensure a safe return to Canada.
The department stated that his detention is in connection with a letter signed in 2014, calling on the Turkish authorities to protect a Kurdish village. Though Erdal was an active member of the HDP political party six years ago, he has not been active in Turkish politics since coming to Canada to begin his doctoral studies at Carleton University.