Over the past 20 years, important reforms aimed at protecting citizens’ rights and freedoms and strengthening the rule of law have been implemented in Turkey, Erdogan said in a speech to Turkey’s Supreme Court on Thursday.
The Turkish president noted that the current Turkish constitution was adopted in 1982 and no longer meets modern challenges, although a number of amendments have been made to it.
Erdogan recalled that last year the ruling Justice and Development Party prepared its draft for the country’s basic law, but the initiative did not receive adequate support from other political forces. “We will not sit idly by and we will raise this topical issue again,” assured the politician.
He said Turkey plans to introduce a “legal defense insurance” system that is already in use in a number of countries.
“Certain circles are trying to turn Turkey’s judicial system into a tool of criminal organizations. We will not allow this to happen! The world community will understand once and for all that the Republic of Turkey is not a country that is a toy in the hands of dark forces,” he assured the president.
The Turkish president also criticized the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Erdogan called the ECtHR a structure that is far from fair and makes politically motivated decisions. “When it comes to Turkey, politically motivated judgments are issued, but when it comes to Germany or France, decisions are made in a completely different way,” he said.