Turkey: New Constitution Needed, Not Drafted by the Military, Hakan Cavusoglu Says

Turkey: New Constitution Needed, Not Drafted by the Military, Hakan Cavusoglu Says

Preparations for the new constitution and human rights action plan are under way, said the head of the Turkish Human Rights Commission, Hakan Cavusoglu.

As he noted in an interview with Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, he wants them to enter the next 100 of the Turkish Republic with a new political constitution.

“With the support of civil society and all political parties, we want to draft a political constitution that will take Turkey into its second century. “It would also be the first political constitution after the 1924 Constitution”, he said.

Stressing that the Human Rights Action Plan includes major reforms that will be implemented within two years, Cavusoglu noted, adding that Turkey cannot be governed by a military-drafted constitution.

He also noted that Turkey has taken bold and important steps to improve human rights and democratization over the past 19 years.

“Due to the amendment of the fourth paragraph of Article 90 of the Constitution, we have recognized that international regulations and the treaties on fundamental rights and freedoms will take precedence over national regulations and laws if these two contradict each other. As a result, Turkey and the Netherlands stood out among the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.

Stressing that human rights are a dynamic area that requires updating and improving existing regulations in line with the needs of the time and space, Cavusoglu drew attention to the functioning and importance of the parliamentary committee of inquiry into human rights.

“So far, the number of applications submitted to our committee has exceeded 7,000 in the last 2.5 years. We see that almost 4,000 of them are applications from prisons. On the other hand, most of the remaining 3,000 are claims based on the principle of a fair trial. “When we looked at the reports to the committee, we realized that 70% -80% of the problems reported are covered by the new Human Rights Action Plan, which further encourages us to implement it as soon as possible”, he added.

Hakan Cavusoglu also noted that more specific charges and evidence will be required in the the suspect case.

In the year and a half of preparing the Human Rights Action Plan, the Ministry of Justice has included all social groups in its efforts.

A total of five workshops and 53 meetings were held with 1,571 participants, including domestic and international non-governmental organizations, trade unions, bar associations, heads of law, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, academics and non-Muslim representatives.

The lawyers, academics and bureaucrats involved in preparing the action plan worked for about 2,380 hours.

During this process, the findings of the previous Action Plan 2014-2019 were analyzed together with the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, the Constitutional Court of Turkey and other supreme courts, the reports and recommendations of the relevant Council of Europe committees and United Nations, country reports on the EU, as well as OSCE documents and human rights action plans submitted by other countries to the UN./ibna