In Solidarity with Aslı Erdoğan!

In Solidarity with Aslı Erdoğan!

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Mamie EYAN a lancé cette pétition adressée à Autorités judiciaires de la Turquie

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We stand by the side of Aslı Erdoğan and of her co-accused journalists and human rights defendors prosecuted in Turkey, in order to defend their lives, freedom of expression and democratic rights.

In 2016, on all five continents, artists, authors, intellectuals, defendors of human rights, associations, publishers mobilized to demand the liberation of novelist Aslı Erdoğan jailed in Turkey on August 16 for writing four articles in the newspaper Özgür Gündem. Thanks to the mobilization, this great democratic figure in her country was released from jail on December 29 2016.

But while she is now in exile, the trial against her continues and is going through a sudden acceleration. Aslı Erdoğan was initially accused of “attempt at destroying State unity”, “belonging to a terrorist organization” and of “terrorist propaganda”, accusations liable to a sentence of life imprisonment.

A months ago, the prosecutor dropped the first two accusations, maintaining the one of “terrorist propaganda”. He called for a prison sentence of up ro 9 years. With sentences of up to 15 years imprisonment for the newspaper’s editor in chief and Eren Keskin, President of the Human Rights Association.

It was announced suddenly that the next hearing will be held on February 14 2020.

As a reminder, the four articles incriminating Aslı Erdoğan were published in 2016 in a legal newspaper, Özgür Gündem, prohibited since but that was not prosecuted over them at the time of their publication. These same articles have been published in several languages by over twelve publishing houses and on a number of platforms, and have been read in public readings. Are all of us accomplices of “terrorist propaganda”?

“Turkey has launched a total war against Human Rights, literature and even worse, against CONSCIENCE” Aslı Erdoğan has just written us, launching a call to solidarity.

We, the undersigned, call on the condemnation of every possible form of these direct and unacceptable attacks on freedom of expression and democratic rights.

We call for solidarity with Aslı Erdoğan and the co-accused in this trial and beyond, with all the courageous women particularly threatened these days, along with all those in Turkey who continue expressing themselves at the risk of losing their freedom.

[This appeal is launched at the initiative of the Alliance des Femmes pour la Démocratie (Women’s Alliance for Democracy), the publishing house Éditions des femmes-Antoinette Fouque and the editors of Kedistan.]

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