Gaziantep Turkey Events
The Turkish government has provided an increasing level of security and support, but has generally remained silent about the extent of its involvement in the recent terrorist attacks. The Turkish people are polarized between those who support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and those who support his opposition party, the Republican People's Party of Turkey (CHP). The Turkish Government's response to the expected increase in terrorist threats is just one example among many. In response, the TNP has provided a highly visible uniformed presence in Turkey to counter rising threats, including the deployment of more than 1,000 police and military personnel.
The Turkish driving licence was issued by the Department of Road Safety of the Turkish Security Directorate for a stay of more than 180 days. The first checkpoint is located at the entrance to the main Turkish airport, Istanbul International Airport (Taksim). If you are travelling with a prescription medicine, the Turkish government will ask you if your medicine is legal in Turkey.
For more information, please see the OSAC Turkey country page, as no annual report has been prepared. In 2009, the TCA brought 133 members of Congress and senior staff from Turkey and its neighboring countries to Turkey. Contact information can be obtained from the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. or any other embassy in the United States.
In one case in September, a physically assaulted woman in Ankara reported that the authorities tried to legitimize the attack by questioning the woman during her testimony about what she was wearing and because it happened late at night. The Turkish Government has arrested a number of Turkish citizens employed by the US State Department, the United Nations and the European Union. In June, police broke up a public event in Istanbul in connection with Pride Month, using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, as well as batons. Police in Ankara responded to similar incidents in the past with tear gas, which is not legal.
Turkish security services arrested two DHKP-C terrorists in February 2019 who had evaded arrest in 2015 for carrying out terrorist activities in Turkey and other Middle East and North African countries. The state of emergency, which ended in 2018, continues with the arrest of people suspected of planning, participating in or being accomplices in coup attempts. Following the attempted coup in 2016, investigations into the activities of terrorist groups and their leaders in Ankara, Istanbul and Istanbul are continuing.
The group was introduced to the Turkish education system by the establishment of a university, the Istanbul University of Science and Technology (TSK), and its expansion to include the universities of Istanbul and Ankara. The group has also discussed the possibility of abandoning its terrorist activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
In Istanbul, the delegation attended the Global Leadership Conference, where TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy spoke. The delegation also met with the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce to discuss trade relations between Turkey and the United States. In June 2016, the group travelled to Ankara to discuss ways to strengthen relations, including a strengthened trade and economic partnership between the two countries.
This important issue was discussed by the delegation with Laura Batalla, Executive Director of the Turkish Refugee Council (TCA), an organisation that is leading the efforts to resettle and care for more than 23,000 refugees in Turkey. In her speech, she confirmed that almost 80 percent of Syrian refugees are willing to stay in Turkey. The attitude of Turkish public opinion towards refugees seems to be hardening, as the length of time immigrants stay in Turkey is getting longer and longer. U - Turning point in public opinion: Turks recognize that Syrians should stay permanently.
A recent study by Bilgi University in Istanbul found that 86% of Turks want Syrians to return to their homes in Syria, which has been at war for more than two years and has a population of more than 3 million.
Turkey is rated Level 2, indicating that travellers should exercise increased caution due to terrorism and arbitrary detention. Turkey has imposed harsh penalties for illegal and violent protests, and hiding one's face during protests can be punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Demonstrations not explicitly authorised by the Turkish government, including criticism of the government on social media, can lead to arrests.
Turkey holds the second largest number of journalists in prison in the world and strictly enforces laws against slander, libel and defamation. Turkish law is behaving according to a broad definition of antiquity and makes it a crime to leave the country. Turkey applies the same anti-terrorism laws as the United States and the European Union, but applies them more restrictively.
Defacing, insulting or insulting statues, Ataturk images or Turkish flags, including their use in clothing, is a crime. Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code makes it a criminal offence to insult a statue, image, monument or other public symbol of Turkey, such as a flag.