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Erdogan unveils human rights reforms, raising skepticism among advocates

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday announced an 11-point human rights action plan, pledging to fortify freedoms and legal protections after years of democratic backsliding under his government.

ISTANBUL — Following years of democratic backsliding and amid a rolling crackdown on dissident groups sparked by a 2016 coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday unveiled a human rights action plan pledging to bolster the freedoms and legal protections of Turkish citizens.

Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan outlined an 11-point plan to be implemented over a two-year period with aims to improve the nation’s judicial system and penal code and allow for more freedom of expression in the country.

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