Ahmet Murat Aytaç is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He received his PhD in Political Science from Ankara University in 2009. His research interests deal with issues of human rights theory, contemporary political theory and electoral studies. Besides this, he was an Administrative Board member at the Center of Human Rights in Ankara University for some time. After the very destructive earthquake in Van at the end of 2011, he decided to teach temporarily in Van Yuzuncu Yil University to be in solidarity with the academicians who decided to stay . He taught there between January 2013 and December 2015. During the time he stayed in Van, he had the chance to collaborate with the CSOs operating in the Southeastern Region of Anatolia where intense human rights violations were observable. He worked as a trainer of human rights activists and an observer in the cities in the region in collaboration with bar associations, the Human Rights Association of Turkey, the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and the Human Rights Joint Program of Turkey.
Hence, he was not only an academician who is interested in the theory of human rights as a research interest, but he also made an effort to merge his theoretic studies with an endeavor to be a part of human rights activism. He returned back to Ankara University in 2015 and continued to carry out his studies with this spirit. In 2016, he signed a public petition declared for stopping military operations conducted by Turkish army in the southeast region of the country. To point out to the gross human rights violations committed during those operations, the title of the text was deliberately selected as “We will not be a party to this crime!” Like most of the other signatories, he faced many formal and informal sanctions, and finally he was expelled from the department that he had been working for nearly 20 years by a government decree in 2017, and banned from doing academic jobs. During 2017-2020 process, he gave online courses, wrote scholarly articles, and opinion pieces for various journals. And in February 2020 he started to study at Bremen University as a grant holder of the Fellowship Program for at-risk Scholars of the State of Bremen.