Aslı Erdoğan (Turkey, 1967) is a Turkish writer and human rights activist. In 1998 she published her much acclaimed novel Kırmızı Pelerinli Kent [The City in Crimson Cloak], for which she received numerous of accolades from abroad. She is also known for writing articles for the Turkish newspaper Özgür Gündem, which mainly targets people of Kurdish origin. The newspaper was shut down by a Turkish court order in 2016 and around twenty journalists, including Erdoğan, were taken into custody. Subsequently, she spend 136 days in an Istanbul prison and fled the country after her release. Erdoğan currently lives in Germany and recently she received the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for her advocacy on international human rights, gender equality and women’s freedom.
In 2017, the European Cultural Foundation presented Asli Erdogan with the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture
Aslı Erdoğan will contribute to Freedom Lecture: Belarus Free Theatre – May 31st 20:00 in De Balie and Act for Democracy! – Opening Forum on European Culture 2018 – 31st May 17:00 in De Stadsschouwburg Rabozaal