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Human Rights Watch ? 9/30/13 ? Prime Minister Erdoğan’s speech today announcing the long-awaited ?democracy reform package? is the Turkish government’s first attempt to turn the page after the harsh clampdown that began in May with the Taksim Gezi park?
Turkey?s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, yesterday (30 September) unveiled a long-awaited democratic reform plan to bouquets from the European Commission and brickbats from his parliamentary opposition. EurActiv Turkey reports.
Faced with growing criticism at home and abroad for his government’s handling of the ?Gezi Park? protests earlier this year, Erdoğan announced a set of measures to help with his country’s democratisation process.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented a reform package on Monday which he says gives minorities more rights. The reforms include the partial lifting of the ban on headscarves in the public sector and allowing Kurdish to be the language of instruction at private schools. Commentators criticise the so-called “democracy package” as half-hearted and lament the advancing Islamisation of Turkish society.
At long last, the democracy package has arrived, the nation breathlessly examining it in its crib and arguing about whether it resembles the AKP or whether, as the prime minister claims, it was engendered by ?international human rights, the European Union acquis and the works of the Wise People? (a group of public figures nominated to advise the peace process between AKP and the PKK). Whatever the parentage, the package, which will take form through legal amendments or even simply administrative adjustments, offers some important changes.