Asli Erdoğan, renowned Turkish novelist imprisoned for more than four months following the summer 2016 coup attempt, addresses the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks.

10th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, Tuesday, February 20, 2018

On repression in Turkey before and after the coup:

“I still have burn marks from the acid used by the police in the 2013 protests.”

“The situation [today] gets more and more grave as the silence of the international community deepens.”

On torture political detainees:

“There are many reports of physical torture.”

On August 2016 arrest:

“My apartment was busted by 60 policemen, half of them by security forces, totally masked…”

 “They didn’t even let me dress – I was in shorts, meanwhile, which added to the irony of this fully dressed man in the summer heat. Then I was taken to the police station in a cage basically with three other women in the summer heat.”

“I was arrested by a judge almost half my age because 2500 judged were in jail by this time.”

On political charges against:

“I am the first member of an advisory board of a Turkish newspaper to be arrested in Turkey.”

“I am accused under Article 302, the heaviest article in Turkey – destruction of the unity of the state. I am the only female writer in Turkish history that could get the death sentence, if they bring the death penalty back.”

“I am still facing this theater trial.”

Full Remarks