The LMS is deeply concerned about the arrest in Turkey on 11 May 2019 of Tuna Altinel, a Turkish mathematician working for many years in the Université Lyon 1 in France. Professor Altinel was one of the signatories in 2016 of a petition supported by more than 2000 scientists and intellectuals against military actions towards civilians, and took part in a legitimate public meeting in France in February 2019 on the same topic.
The LMS condemns this violation of Professor Altinel’s human rights, as we do of all Turkish colleagues suffering similar injustice. He should be immediately released and allowed to return to France to resume his teaching and research. More information is available here.