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Aachen Peace Prize Goes to Turkish Lawyer

The 2004 Aachen Peace Prize, traditionally awarded on World Peace Day, has gone to the Turkish lawyer Eren Keskin and the non-governmental organization Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg. A lawyer who herself suffered several imprisonments for her public condemnation of the Turkish government's human rights' abuses and her work with abused women, 45-year-old Keskin is receiving the prize for her courageous fight for human rights. Set up in 1991, the Soldiers' Mothers of St.Petersburg is a campaign group which defends the rights of Russia's 10,0000 conscientious objectors and army deserters and strongly opposes Moscow's policy in Chechnya.