The women’s branch of a pro-AKP lobbying organization in the UK attended an April Ramadan fast-breaking ceremony (iftar) held by Milli Görüş, a transnational Turkish Islamist movement. According to the UID Women tweet:
April 26, 2022: UID UK regional women’s branches attended the IGMG Milli Görüş fast-breaking dinner as part of their NGO visits. [Translated by Google with edits]
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The Union of International Democrats (UID; formerly known as the Union of European Turkish Democrats) describes itself as a voluntary NGO founded in 2004 that operates in several European countries. Its aims include increasing the economic, political, and social activities of Turks and “sister communities” abroad without alienating their identities and values and combatting Islamophobia. German media has described it as a lobbying group for President Erdoğan and his AKP that emphasizes Turkish values and customs. The German Office for the Protection of the Constitution monitors the UID, describing it as “nationalist” and incompatible with Germany’s free democratic order.
Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG) is the German branch of Millî Görüş, a Turkish religious and political movement founded by Necmettin Erbakan, Erdoğan’s political mentor, which has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey. The GIOR has reported that the German government is asserting that President Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany.