Bosnian media is reporting that leaked documents show how the Turkey Youth Foundation (TÜGVA), an Islamist NGO, works as a kind of ‘state-within-a-state’ in Turkey, appointing its members to key posts in the state, police, and military. According to a Balkan Insight article:
October 13, 2021 Documents shared by investigative journalist Metin Cihan reveal that the Turkish Youth Foundation, TUGVA, a political Islamist NGO that has members of President Erdogan’s family on its board, has used its influence with Erdogan to appoint its members to posts in the state, police and military. The documents that BIRN has also seen also show that pro-government businesspeople, municipalities and governor offices finance TUGVA. “If I had turned the TUGVA documents into a news report, I would have given it the headline of ‘The parallel state structure’,” Cihan wrote on Twitter about the documents, which he shared on Twitter after a former TUGVA member leaked them. […]
The leaked documents include the names of people affiliated with TUGVA, their phone and ID numbers, their university of graduation and the name of the ministries, police and army branches to which they would like to be appointed – plus the dates of their interviews and the names of their “references,” who are members of TUGVA, or Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP. Another list also reveals that institutions closed and seized as part of a government crackdown on critics accused of supporting a failed coup attempt in 2016 were handed over to TUGVA and five other Islamist NGOs that have close ties to Erdogan’s party and government.
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The Turkey Youth Foundation (TÜGVA) describes itself as “a new-generation youth foundation that was founded to raise a generation that will always be on the side of justice, defending everything that is good and beautiful in the world.” The foundation manages dormitories, provides scholarships, and runs various education programs in Turkey and abroad. The foundation also organizes social activities around “values education” in all religious and secondary schools.
TÜGVA projects have also received funding from the European Union.
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