Status: 02/15/2021 3:25 p.m.
Eren Keskin is a well-known human rights lawyer in Turkey who works primarily for the Kurds. In previous years she was already in prison – and has now been sentenced to a long prison term again.
Turkish human rights lawyer Eren Keskin has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for membership in a terrorist organization.
The Istanbul court also sentenced three other defendants, according to the protocol: Two persons responsible for the now banned pro-Kurdish daily “Özgür Gündem” received a sentence of six years and three months for membership in a terrorist organization.
The newspaper’s former editor-in-chief, Bilir Zana Kaya, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison for terrorist propaganda, according to the protocol. The verdict is not yet legally binding.
Accusation: support of banned newspaper
Keskin is one of the most famous human rights lawyers in the country. Keskin wrote on Twitter that she had been charged many times and had been imprisoned for her views. However, it is the first time that she has been convicted of membership in a terrorist organization.
The background to the proceedings was that Keskin had supported the newspaper “Özgür Gündem”, which was banned by decree after the attempted coup in 2016, as a symbolic editor-in-chief.
Milena Büyüm from Amnesty International called the verdict a “terrible injustice”. She wrote on Twitter: “Eren Keskin has devoted her life to defending the rights of women and prisoners and fighting for justice for the families of the disappeared. She is a human rights attorney who speaks out against injustice.”
In 2004 Keskin received the Aachen Peace Prize, among other things for her commitment to persecuted women.
Well-known human rights lawyer Eren Keskin sentenced to long prison term in Turkey
Karin Senz, ARD Istanbul, February 15, 2021 3:52 p.m.