Yakin Ertürk (Turkey)
Yakın Ertürk received a PhD in development sociology from Cornell University in 1980. She served as a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey (Sept.1986 – Oct. 2010).
In addition to her academic career she has worked for various national and international agencies on rural development and women in development projects (1986-2003). She also undertook numerous international assignments, including as: Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Oct.1997- Feb.1999); Director of The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at UN Headquarters in New York (March 1999 – Oct. 2001); UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (SRVAW) (2003-2006); member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry of the June 2010 events in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan (Oct. 2010-April 2011).
In her capacity as the SRVAW she undertook 17 country visits at the invitation of the governments concerned. On 12 September 2011 she was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council to the International Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic, on which she served until end of March 2012. Since November 2009, she has been serving on the European Council, Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).