Eren Keskin

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Eren Keskin (born 24 April 1959, Bursa, Turkey) is a lawyer and human rights activist in Turkey.

She is vice-president of the Turkish Human Rights Association (İHD) and a former president of its Istanbul branch.

She co-founded the project "Legal Aid For Women Who Were Raped Or Otherwise Sexually Abused by National Security Forces”, to expose abuses happening to women in Turkish prisons.[1] She has been the object of numerous lawsuits in relation to her human rights activities.

In 1995 she was imprisoned for her activities and was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.[2]

In 2002 she was accused by Turkey's State Security of "aiding and abbetting" the PKK because of her advocacy for Kurds to use their native language in Turkey.[3]

In 2004 she received the Aachen Peace Award "for her courageous efforts and activities for human rights." In 2005 she was awarded the Esslingen-based Theodor Haecker Prize for Civic Courage and Political Integrity. [4] In March 2006 a Turkish court sentenced her to 10 months’ imprisonment for insulting the country’s military. The sentence was then converted to a fine of 6000 New Turkish Liras, which Keskin refused to pay.[5]


  1. ^ "Biography of Eren Keskin". Culture of peace. 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Turkey: Death threats/Fear for safety Eren Keskin and Osman Baydemir". Amnesty International. 2001-04-10. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
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  4. ^ "Interview with Eren Keskin". Quantara. 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  5. ^ Mouradian, Khatchig (2006-04-05). "Against all odds, an Interview with Eren Keskin". Znet. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 

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