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 the 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 arrested, imprisoned, and 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 abetting" the PKK because of her advocacy for Kurds to use their native language in Turkey.[3] 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.[4]


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. [5] In 2018 she received the Helsinki Civil Society Award from the Netherlands Helsinki Committee[6] for her work based on, and contributing to the legacy of the Helsinki Principles.


  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. Archived from the original on 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  4. ^ Mouradian, Khatchig (2006-04-05). "Against all odds, an Interview with Eren Keskin". Znet. Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  5. ^ "Interview with Eren Keskin". Quantara. 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  6. ^ "Helsinki Civil Society Award 2018 Goes to Eren Keskin - Netherlands Helsinki Committee". Netherlands Helsinki Committee. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-05-01.

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