Turkey should bolster rule of law, human rights in reforms - columnist

Reforms announced by Turkey’s government should not be limited to the business world and should include improvements to the rule of law and human rights, said Abdülkadir Selvi, a columnist known for his close ties to the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP).

All people in Turkey should support this “precious” reform process, Selvi said in an article for Hürriyet newspaper on Tuesday.

The main pillars of the reforms, outlined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month, are building trust in the economy, improvements to the investment environment, the promotion of foreign capital and the legal guarantee of assets, according to Selvi.

Lawyers, journalists and intellectuals should also pay an active role in the process, he said.

Erdoğan has announced government plans to enact the reforms after he sacked and replaced the governor of the central bank in November and appointed a new treasury and finance minister.

Turkey’s political opposition and some foreign analysts have expressed scepticism about whether Erdoğan’s plans will bring real improvements to human rights and democracy, pointing to growing authoritarianism in the country.