Erdoğan to announce judicial reforms on Human Rights Day - columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is planning to announce a roadmap for judicial reforms on Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 to kickstart a year of reforms for 2021, pro-government daily Sabah columnist Şebnem Bursalı wrote on Wednesday.

The government has already held consultation meetings with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), and minority religious leaders and representatives from minority foundations. A meeting with the conservative Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MÜSİAD) is scheduled for next week, Bursalı said.

Radical structural reforms to the economy will come in the new year, to better entice domestic and international entrepreneurs through an improved investment environment, Bursalı said.

Erdoğan announced plans for judicial and economic reforms in November, saying the fate of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was intertwined with Turkey’s. “If AK Party loses, Turkey will fall into a pit of uncertainty, instability, and a political and financial yoke,” the president said.

Erdoğan promised improvements in property rights, and said one of the most important ways to establish a supportive investment climate was through the rule of law.

In the two weeks following his announcement, at least 415 people from opposition parties and civil society bodies were detained, with 11 of them arrested, according to the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency. Among the arrestees was an elected mayor from the historic Sur district of the Kurdish-majority Diyarbakır province.