Zehra Doğan was forced back into jail last June. She has been incar­cer­at­ed in Diyarbakır (Amed) since.

We will nev­er say it enough: In the past two years, and espe­cial­ly since what has been a gen­uine civil­ian coup d’état in 2016 and the per­ma­nent state of emer­gency that has fol­lowed in Turkey, Zehra, like thou­sands of oth­er men and women, has been charged with the grotesque accu­sa­tion of « ter­ror­ism and ter­ror­ist propaganda ».

Jour­nal­ism is not a crime, nor are writ­ing, paint­ing, draw­ing, encour­ag­ing art, cul­ture and reflec­tion. In Turkey, teach­ing human­ism, trans­mit­ting knowl­edge have become so many acts of insub­or­di­na­tion. Being young and proud of one’s birth, of one’s cul­ture, defend­ing its exis­tence and a viable future are also for­bid­den to gen­er­a­tions of men and women dis­crim­i­nat­ed against because they are Kur­dish, and assim­i­lat­ed with ter­ror­ism and the « destruc­tion of the Turk­ish Nation ». Being a human­ist and defend­ing human rights also leads to jail.

Not only does Zehra Doğan accu­mu­late all these pos­si­ble « fat­was » but she also pro­claims her strug­gle as a woman. She was one of the founders of the JINHA press agency, entire­ly staffed by women (a first), an agency now closed by gov­ern­men­tal decree

In 2016, we had launched an appeal for Aslı Erdoğan, an appeal that was relayed, ampli­fied, inter­pret­ed in var­i­ous forms, and became a true mobi­liza­tion, a chain of sol­i­dar­i­ty that bloomed on 3 continents.
Aslı is a writer. She is still deal­ing with an end­less tri­al. She had writ­ten on a num­ber of issues that shed light on Turk­ish real­i­ty. Her peers, edi­tors and pub­lish­ers, librar­i­ans main­ly and an immense major­i­ty of read­ers held « read­ings », « sol­i­dar­i­ty evenings », gath­er­ings of live art, demand­ing her release, even a pro­vi­sion­al one
Even know­ing this wasn’t enough and even if Aslı’s noto­ri­ety played a large part in the press and media relays, lit­er­ary and oth­er, Asli is now free on parole and prizes await her a bit all over Europe.
All this to say that, for a time, Aslı sym­bol­ized all of Turkey’s polit­i­cal hostages, and that putting for­ward one name, one per­son, does not mean restrict­ing essen­tial sol­i­dar­i­ty or depriv­ing one­self from describ­ing beyond it to a sit­u­a­tion of cat­a­stroph­ic dimensions.

And because Zehra Doğan is an even a stronger fig­ure of resis­tance, and proves it every day, Kedis­tan has set itself the task of hav­ing her see the star­ry night again as soon as pos­si­ble. For this, we need all of you, our read­ers. For the kedi will nev­er man­age it alone.

You should know that Zehra Doğan was incar­cer­at­ed again in June 2017 because an add-on was added to the charges against her to rein­force the  sen­tence. She had held an exhi­bi­tion in Diyarbakır titled “141”, refer­ring to the num­ber of days she had spent in the Mardin jail while await­ing judg­ment. She was not « well-behaved » there, and con­tributed draw­ings to a hand-script­ed issue of Özgür Gün­dem, a news­pa­per closed by gov­ern­men­tal decree.

An infor­ma­tion cam­paign made her name known and her face final­ly appeared in the demon­stra­tions in front of Turk­ish embassies in Europe. She obtained a tem­po­rary release and used the time to paint and draw in con­di­tions of great urgency.
We can state here that all « offi­cial » doors on which we knocked in Euro­pean coun­tries were shut when we invoked the duty of « human­i­tar­i­an sol­i­dar­i­ty » pro­claimed by politicians…Without a favor­able recep­tion, Zehra could only become the regime’s prey once again. We give the fin­ger here to all politi­cians and diplo­mats who will rec­og­nize themselves…
No, no one will wait for the regime’s clemen­cy nor will stay fret­ting and mop­ing with arms crossed.

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Defend­ing Zehra Doğan means sup­port­ing all the oth­ers, politi­cians, jour­nal­ists, artists, authors, teach­ers, ordi­nary men and women thrown out of their lives, in jail or in abeyance.

And so : it’s a gen­er­al mobilization !

A book will be pub­lished in August, “Les yeux grands ouverts”, (Eyes wide open) with a selec­tion of texts by Zehra, her sto­ry and the great major­i­ty of her pic­to­r­i­al works to have left Turkey, in antic­i­pa­tion of Zehra in per­son. We are announc­ing it here but will spend much more time on the top­ic in the com­ing months.

An exhi­bi­tion of some fifty paint­ings and draw­ings is being final­ized – those she did dur­ing the brief respite between her two incar­cer­a­tions. This project is entire­ly accord­ing to Zehra Doğan’s deci­sions and choic­es, and Kedis­tan is doing noth­ing oth­er than tak­ing on respon­si­bil­i­ty for it over here. Not so it will be a con­fi­den­tial exhi­bi­tion ; quite the con­trary, we want it to serve as a medi­um for a Euro­pean sol­i­dar­i­ty we call down with all our wishes.

And so, asso­ci­a­tions, artists, jour­nal­ists, man­agers of artis­tic events or of exhi­bi­tion venues…

Zehra Dogan Douarnenez

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We’re lis­ten­ing to all ini­tia­tives you may take on as relays. We have over one year to open up sup­port that can be seen, heard, passed on…

Oth­er projects are being final­ized, includ­ing direct links of sup­port allow­ing Zehra to hold on, to know whe is not alone beyond the sin­cere friends and activists already act­ing in con­crete solidarity.

A pre-release of the sol­i­dar­i­ty cam­paign will be held in Douarnenez dur­ing the film fes­ti­val between August 18 and 26. Some of her orig­i­nal works will be on dis­play, the book will be avail­able, and Kedis­tan will be there also.

And, of course, the web and social net­works will be impor­tant vec­tors. A ded­i­cat­ed web­site as well as a face­book page and a twit­ter account await your sub­scrip­tion to stay informed on what will follow.

For Face­book users, add the page to your favorites, like it and con­nect to it. Share with your favorite groups, invite your con­tacts to join…

Every small ges­ture and use­ful click at your lev­el will help to spread the word…

Site zehradogan.net | Facebook FreeZehra Doğan | Twitter @zehradoganjinha

This trav­el­ing exhi­bi­tion will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to inform, through con­fer­ences, dis­cus­sions and con­tacts with local media on the sit­u­a­tion in Turkey and to demand an end to Zehra Doğan’s wicked­ly unfair incar­cer­a­tion and that of all the oth­er hostages…

So, local and nation­al asso­ci­a­tions, con­cerned polit­i­cal groups, to your sol­i­dar­i­ties and pro­pos­als. You know the address…
Final­ly, you may write to her, know­ing that only writ­ings in Turk­ish will be hand­ed over. Not to wor­ry, we will soon be offer­ing pre-print­ed post­cards dur­ing the exhi­bi­tions, and the address as well as texts for re-copy­ing are avail­able HERE.

French : Turquie • Zehra Doğan, rebelle et insoumise
English : Turkey • Zehra Doğan, rebellious and unsubmitted
Turkish : Türkiye • Asi ve boyun eğmeyen Zehra Doğan


Trans­la­tion by Renée Lucie Bourges

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