2018 INTERNATIONAL HRANT DINK AWARD JURY
Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, was brought up in a family in which he has faced serious problems, has always used contemporary art as a means of political and cultural criticism and focused on social issues. With the installations, photographs and film productions he has focused on the violation of human rights and inequalities. Particularly in China, in his country, his critiques on democracy and human rights lead to his trial, imprisonment and a ban to leave his country. Even though there were many restraints on him, he was never silent and become the voice of the inequalities with his art. With his provocative art language, he allowed people to experience the realities of the world.
Eren Keskin
Eren Keskin, studied law in Istanbul University and started attending political cases in 1980s. In 1989, she became a member of HRA and from that they on she has continued her struggle for human rights and justice. In the first half of 1990s, when the state changed the concept of fighting with terrorism and declared state of emergency in the Kurdish provinces and when village guard system, evacuation of villages, extrajudicial execution and forced disappearances became part of state politics, she joined the committees focusing of mass human rights violations in the Kurdish provinces and was threatened verbally or with shootings. She was sued with around 200 cases in the 1990s. One of the fields she continued her struggle is sexual harassment that women face. She has established the Legal Assistance Office. She was sued for ‘Insulting the legal personality of Turkish Armed Forces’ due to a talk about state related sexual torture and she got ten month prison sentence. Özgür Gündem is a newspaper which covers what has been going on in the south eastern Turkey since 1990s which is mostly neglected by the mainstream. Due to the pressures that Özgür Gündem newspaper has been witnessing, she became the chief of editor.
Albie Sachs
Albie Sachs was born in 1935 in South Africa. He graduated from the Department of Law in Cape Town University and began to work as a lawyer at the age of 21. He was imprisoned, without any trial, for 168 days because he defended those who were tried by racist and repressive security laws of the Apartheid regime. He completed his Ph.D. on the legal system of the Apartheid at Sussex University in England, where he went in 1966 as an exile. In 1988, he lost one of his arms and eyes due to a bomb explosion, deployed in his car by security agents of the South Africa in Maputo, Mozambique, where he was working as a law professor. He returned to his country in 1990 and dedicated himself to the preparation of a democratic constitution in South Africa. He played an active role in the negotiations for a democratic constitution of the South Africa at the African National Congress. He was elected the member of the Constitutional Court in the 1994 elections and has worked to consolidate human rights in the country's justice system for 15 years. He received numerous awards due to his works on human rights and justice and his books.
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