A lawyer, a journalist, and a human rights defender, Eren Keskin has fought for human rights in Turkey for decades. Turkish authorities have tried worked to punish her every step of the way.
To Eren, the 2004 killing of this boy by the army is one of many stains on Turkey’s history – a history she says the authorities need to be held accountable for.
For this and articles published in a Kurdish newspaper she edited, she has been repeatedly charged with insulting the Turkish state and the President.
Eren has been hauled before the courts more than 100 times because of her outspoken stand on the plight of Turkey’s Kurdish minority. In 1995, she spent six months in jail simply for using the word “Kurdistan” in an article. The sheer volume of cases against her are nothing short of harassment.
Eren’s only crime has been to speak out against injustice. And time is running out for her. More trials mean she could be jailed at any time, for a long time.
In this video for Amnesty, Eren describes conditions in Turkey and her struggle for justice.
The government wants to throw her in jail for speaking out for justice. But Eren will not be silenced. Amnesty is profiling Eren as part of its annual Write for Rights campaign. You can add your name to the call for freedom here.