Erdogan outlines legal reforms, vows to improve freedom of expression in Turkey ahead of EU membership push
Added 03-02-21 09:37:01am EST - “Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to improve the country's human rights protections and bolster freedom of expression, as he set out a series of sweeping new legal reforms on Tuesday.” - Rt.com
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The move comes as Turkey is set to have its long-running membership bid for the European Union (EU) reassessed later this month, with its human rights record having proved the main barrier to its previous accession attempts.
Under the plans announced on Tuesday, which Erdogan's administration has dubbed the 'Human Rights Action Plan', Turkey will move towards a new civilian constitution over a period of two years.
The legal proposals include forming an independent human rights monitoring commission, ombudsman reforms, and an end to time limits for disciplinary investigations of torture allegations.
The president promised that the standards of freedom of expression would be improved upon, including in the media, with new measures set to make it easier for journalists to work in Turkey.
The work of human rights organizations will also receive greater support, while employees and students of all faiths will be allowed to observe religious holidays.
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