Extraordinary Meeting of Başkent University Senate on October 19, 2023


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The attack on a school and a hospital in Gaza on 17 October 2023 which resulted in the death and injury of numerous innocent civilians, including babies, children, and women is acknowledged at the extraordinary meeting of Başkent University Senate on 19 October 2023. The Senate recognizes this attack as a crime against humanity and as a war crime.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as all other international treaties, guarantees the sacred right to life. There is no legal or legitimate reason for this disproportionate attack, nor does it have any moral or ethical basis.

It is unacceptable for civilian targets, especially a full-fledged hospital with patients and medical personnel, which is considered a safe area by international human rights law, to be attacked by anyone under any circumstances.

As Başkent University, we strongly condemn this inhumane attack by the State of Israel, which contravenes international law and the international principles and customs that stipulate not to attack civilians and humanitarian aid units even during times of war.

May God have mercy on the innocent people lost in these attacks, wish a swift recovery for the injured, express our condolences to their families, and share their sorrow.

In this regard, we respectfully inform our great nation that as Başkent University, we are prepared to fulfill all our responsibilities.

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