The government has recently introduced the Domestic Security Reform Package to provide citizens with a practical and speedy system. This package, which has been a greatly debated topic, was submitted to Parliament in early November 2014. The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) will continue to discuss a number of sections included under "fundamental laws" within the package on Wednesday, February 4. The newly introduced bill includes 132 items that are considered major reforms.
The recent Domestic Security Reform Package aims to establish a balance between freedom and the security of citizens while enhancing the civilian identity of the state. The General Committee of the TBMM is expected to discuss the reform bill, which was said to be prepared in line with EU standards of security, freedoms and security regulations, on February 6-7.
According to the draft, a security officer in charge will be authorized to search an individual and his or her belongings in case of an emergency situation. However, the officer will be expected to provide official documentation regarding the case at the time of the search. In addition, during any gathering or protest, participants will be forbidden to carry or bring fireworks, Molotov cocktails and slingshots. Police officers will be authorized to use deadly force against individuals who attack schools, public buildings and worship areas with Molotov cocktails, explosives or any other weapon.
Furthermore, with the new bill, those involved in terror propaganda activities and those who cover their faces fully or partially during protests can be sent to prison for five years. Parliament will also discuss topics related to illegal drugs such as bonzai, which has become widespread throughout Turkey in the last few years.
The Planning and Budget Commission will continue to discuss modifications related to the recently introduced proposal on February 3.