Turkey/Martin Ennals Award: Breaking news: Ennals Award announces its 3 finalists for 2019

October 24, 2018

Eren Keskin (right), a Turkish human rights lawyer was nominated on October 24 2018, along with an Afro-Colombian activist and a Sudanese refugee, for the annual Martin Ennals Award . Picture: AFT/OZAN KOSE

The following three Human Rights Defenders have been selected as Finalists for the 2019 Martin Ennals Award:

Eren Keskin (Turkey)

Eren Keskin is a lawyer and human rights activist. For more than thirty years, she has struggled for fundamental rights and freedoms in Turkey, especially for the Kurds, women and the LGBTI+ community.Within the context of the worsening human rights situation in Turkey, Keskin is once again at the centre of intimidation attempts.  As part of a solidarity campaign to support the Özgür Gündem newspaper, Keskin held the title of “editor-in-chief” of the newspaper from 2013 to 2016, when it was closed by the authorities.On 30 March 2018, she was convicted and sentenced to 12.5 years in jail for having published articles deemed to have “degraded” the Turkish nation and “insulted” the Turkish president.  She is currently free while the case is appealed. She stated: “To defend human rights is not easy in our territory.  I am being prosecuted with 143 charges for my solidarity with an opposition newspaper in the context of freedom of expression. International awards and solidarity have “protective” characteristics and reassure those of us in repressive societies. It also it gives us a morale boost and helps our motivation for the struggle. Thank you for not forgetting us. Your solidarity and protection mean so much. [see also: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2018/05/26/eren-keskin-human-rights-defender-from-turkey-receives-2018-anna-lindh-prize/]

Breaking news: Ennals Award announces its 3 finalists for 2019









https://www.evrensel.net/haber/364290/avukat-eren-keskin-martin-ennals-odulune-aday-gosterildi (TURKCE)

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/turquie-colombie-et-soudan-en-lice-pour-le-prix-martin-ennals/4626974.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eren_Keskin (FRANCAIS)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/10/24/premio-ennals-2019-ecco-i-finalisti/ (ITALIANO)

https://canal1.com.co/noticias/nacional/lider-social-colombiano-es-nominado-a-premio-internacional-de-derechos-humanos/ (ESPANOL)


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