Nobel Laureate author J.M. Coetzee has released a message for educators Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who are on the 83rd day of the hunger strike.

In his message, Coetzee emphasized that Turkey needs to return to the rule of law:

“Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça have bravely gone on hunger strike to draw the attention of the world to the desperate situation of intellectuals in the new Turkey. It is to be hoped that governments associated with Turkey in NATO will take note and exert pressure on President Erdogan to return his country to the rule of law.”