Turkey has approved of an addition to the Council of Europe’s terrorism prevention pact, which has led to an expansion to a diverse range of activities that have been criminalized under terrorism laws in Turkey.
By the ratification of the 2015 Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, the country has agreed to widen its anti-terrorism laws in order to include the activities like travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism, as well as for receiving terrorist training.
The travel article that was published in the explanatory report for the protocol that was approved by Turkey on last Tuesday said that the drafters of this protocol held the opinion regarding the severity of the threat of foreign terrorist fighters stating that it calls for a sound response which has to be in accordance with human rights as well as the rule of law.
Apart from the actual activity of travelling abroad with the intention of funding, organizing or facilitating acts of terrorism is also a criminal offence as per the protocol. The final activity that is criminalised, in the addition to the convention is taking part in a group or association for terrorism purposes.
Furthermore, an article on the exchange of information that is directed to boost and speed up the exchange of operational information regarding the movements or actions involving terrorist networks.
They have also shown their intention to co-operate with the European Union Agency for the Law Enforcement Cooperation so to meet the criteria to finalize the deal for visa free travels that worked out in the year 2016 with the European Union.
In the recent years, Turkey suffered a number of deadly attacks facing danger from jihadist groups like ISIS and on the other hand from the Kurdish militants in the country’s decades old conflict with PKK, Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
Reports have been issued since the Syrian Civil War broke out in 2011 and have described the role of Turkey as a transit country for jihadists from groups that are largely regarded as terrorist organizations.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.