Germany softens travel warning for Turkey after end of emergency rule

Germany softens travel warning for Turkey after end of emergency rule

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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The German Foreign Ministry softened travel advice for its citizens in Turkey after Ankara lifted a controversial state of emergency on Thursday that had been in place for two years. The travel advice no longer warns German nationals of the possibility of arbitrary arrest in all of Turkey, including tourist areas, Der Spiegel reported. German officials had previously promised Turkey they would alter the wording if the security measure was lifted. However, it still warns German nationals that a risk of arrest remains, despite the lifting of emergency rule, and mentions a new bill that the Turkish government is now considering. Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Friday that the new draft law being rushed through parliament would effectively make many of the provisions in the previous state of emergency a permanent part of Turkish legislation. Critics have long argued that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government was using the state of emergency to cripple freedoms and bring additional state institutions, including the judiciary and national police force, within his control. The updated travel advice furthermore adds that Turkish authorities arrest people not only for suspected membership in organizations such as ....


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