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Norway’s rectors denounce Turkish backlash

The rectors of nine universities have written to the Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg, urging her to condemn the Turkish government’s repression of academics after an attempted coup.

“We are increasingly concerned about the developments for universities, academics and higher education in Turkey after the attempted coup,” the rectors wrote in the letter published by Khrono, the news site run by the Oslo and Akershus University College, on 22 July.

Following the failed coup by military forces on 15 July, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired more than 15,000 university staff, forced the resignation of 1,500 deans and put a travel ban on academics.

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