PEN Turkey bestows women’s rights award on academic attacked by Erdoğan

The PEN Turkey Writers’ Association has granted its annual Duygu Asena Women’s Rights Award to Professor Ayşe Buğra, who was recently targeted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for allegedly provoking student protests at İstanbul’s Boğaziçi University, Turkish Minute reported.

“She did not change her usual prudent and humble attitude in the face of the attacks against her and gave a lesson of humanity, conscience and decency by saying ‘I am sorry for my country’,” the association said in explaining why it bestowed the award on Buğra.

Earlier this month Erdoğan said the protests that erupted at Boğaziçi University in the wake of his appointment of a loyalist as the university’s rector had nothing to do with the students and that provocateurs were responsible for them.

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