Turkey falls to 90th out of 129 countries in IPRI’s judicial independence index

Turkey has been ranked in 90th position out of 129 countries in the judicial independence component of the 2015 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) with a score of 3.5, 1.4 points less than its score in the 2014 index.
The index was published by the Washington-based Property Rights Alliance (PRA), a group and”dedicated to promoting property rights around the world.and” The PRA stated in the report that it had and”worked with 92 think tanks and policy organizations in 65 countries involved in research, policy development, education and promotion of property rights, to compile data for this yearand’s index.and”
It also said that the IPRI scores and ranks each country based on 10 factors reflecting the state of its legal and political environment, physical property rights and intellectual property rights.
According to this yearand’s index, Turkey ranks 58th overall, with its IPRI falling to 5.3. The country ranked ninth in the CentralEastern Europe and Central Asia region. Turkey ranked 78th in the legal and political environment sub index, 41st in physical property rights and 50th in intellectual property rights. Turkey ranked 57th in the rule of law, 115th in political stability and 48th in control of corruption in the legal and political environment index.
Turkeyand’s score in the legal and political environment sub index — which includes judicial independence — dropped 0.4 points to 4.1 in this yearand’s index. In the other components of this sub index, Turkeyand’s rule of law score increased 0.1 points to 5.2, remained the same in terms of political stability while its control of corruption decreased 0.1 points to 5.2.
Turkey scored 6.3 in the sub index concerning physical property rights, with the score for property rights decreasing 0.8 points to 5.9, the registering property component increasing 1.0 points to 9.8 and the ease of access to loans component decreasing 1.3 points to 3.1.
In the intellectual property rights sub index, Turkeyand’s score decreased 0.2 points to 5.4. In this sub indexand’s components, Turkeyand’s score for intellectual property protection decreased 0.8 points to 4.4, the patent protection score remained the same while copyright piracy level increased 0.2 points to 4.0.
Dr. Buira Kalkan prepared a case study titled and”Understanding the future of Political Reform in Turkeyand” for the Association for Liberal Thinking, a non-governmental organization the PRA worked with to compile data for the index. and”The judiciary branch must achieve independence from special interest groups, both the old secular businessmenbureaucrats and the new conservative businessmenorganizations, if Turkey hopes to improve its score on the International Property Rights Index,and” Kalkan wrote in the case study.
In the 2014 index, Turkey ranked 44th out of a total of 97 countries.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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