The Human Rights Action Plan: Towards a New Era in Turkey’s History

This policy outlook explores Turkey’s extensive legal reform initiative and argues that it ushers a new era of human rights in the country amidst the approaching 100th anniversary of the Republic.

Turkey recently announced a judicial reform initiative in accord with its 2023 goals. Titled “Human Rights Action Plan”, the plan aims to introduce reforms on issues such as human rights, judicial procedures and cyber-crimes. Speaking on the plan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted that this plan’s ultimate goal is a new civilian constitution. What does the Human Rights Action Plan mean for Turkey’s political future? How is it related to Ankara’s efforts to draft a new and civilian constitution as well as its ongoing EU-bid? This policy outlook explores Turkey’s extensive legal reform initiative and argues that it ushers a new era of human rights in the country amidst the approaching 100th anniversary of the Republic.

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