27/04/2018, Gazete Duvar
Prof. Dr. Onur HAMZAOĞLU is in jail pending trial and he is deprived of his freedom for 77 days now.
Onur HAMZAOĞLU is our student, colleague and working partner whom we know for many years. He is one of the most appreciated academics in the field of public health. He is a man of science not conceiving science narrowly as a technique but undertaking responsibility before the society. He is a researcher seeing and attaching importance to the human factor behind numbers and statistics. He is an academic who has conducted studies on the social determinants of health with his profound mastery of public health issues. It is for this commitment that he did not remain indifferent to environmental problems in the region of Kocaeli that he spent many years and proved the existence of high rates of cancer mortality in Dilovası area.
Onur Hamzaoğlu is a faculty member studying and producing in many fields including health policies, equality in health, class and health, environmental and health effects of industry, poverty and health, health economics, cancer epidemiology, health sociology and demography. He is the editor of the journal “Community and Physician” now in its 40th year of publication.
Hamzaoğlu has so far received many awards including the following: Turkish Medical Association’s “Nusret Fişek Public Health Service Award” (2011); Turkish Bioethics Society’s “Research Ethics Award” (2012); EGEÇEPS “Science Award in Defence of Life” (2011) and Turkish Public Health Society/Okan University’s “Public Health Science Award.”
Our country needs academics like Onur Hamzaoğlu who uphold the best interest of society, determine research problematic along this line, share findings without any concealment, and lead their career by taking firm positions whenever necessary. Our call is to all including authorities in the first place:
We are expecting the immediate release of our colleague for his trial without arrest.
FREEDOM to HAMZAOĞLU!
Prof.Dr.Bahar Güçiz Doğan
Prof.Dr.Ali Osman Karababa
Prof.Dr.Şevkat Bahar Özvarış
Prof.Dr.Feride Aksu Tanık