Jul 25 2018

Turkish anti-terror laws will weaken economy, diplomacy - columnist

Anti-terror legislation being rushed through parliament this month is likely to have a negative impact on Turkey’s ability to achieve its economic and diplomatic goals, journalist Serkan Demirtaş wrote for the Hürriyet Daily News in an article published Jul. 25.

The new anti-terror laws grant provincial governors enhanced powers, allow lengthened detentions, and state that any public employees with suspected terror links can be summarily dismissed.

Critics have described the legislation as an attempt to perpetuate the conditions of the state of emergency, which ended last week after being in place for two years, since days after the July 2016 coup attempt was foiled.

This legislation reflects the importance the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government places on security, one of its three priorities alongside the economy and foreign policy, said Demirtaş.

“However, these three priorities contradict one another because of the probable negative impact of the anti-terror law on achieving economic and diplomatic targets,” Demirtaş continued.

“There are serious concerns that this new law will institutionalize emergency rule for another three years at the expense of further deteriorating the state of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law,” he added.

Such a move could drive off investors, who would see the continuation of emergency rule as a sign of instability and a weak rule of law, according to Demirtaş.

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