Petition to support fellow CUPE worker Cihan Erdal

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Cihan Erdal is a Canadian permanent resident, queer youth activist, doctoral student, and coordinator of the Centre for Urban Youth Research at Carleton University in Ottawa. He was unjustly detained in Turkey on unfounded charges in September 2020, after being swept up in a mass arrest of politicians, activists, and academics in Istanbul.

The Free Cihan Erdal campaign has widespread Canadian and international backing. Cihan has the support of his university and the broader academic community, his union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and many other groups and organizations around the world.

Thousands of people have taken up Cihan’s cause, and it’s made a difference.
Add your voice today:

Our continuing support and solidarity will help free Cihan and bring him safely home to his partner, his studies, and his chosen home country of Canada.

You can stay up to date on Cihan’s situation at and on Twitter at @FreeCihanErdal