TurkeyJanuary 5 2023, 17:29 pm

Turkish Lobby Organization Worked Together with Mosques & NGO’s More than 1000 Times

Accord­ing to its live-streamed annu­al con­fer­ence, the Turk­ish lob­by­ing orga­ni­za­tion Union of Inter­na­tion­al Democ­rats (UID) has car­ried out 1250 activ­i­ties in coop­er­a­tion with var­i­ous mosque asso­ci­a­tions and NGOs over the past 1.5 years. Sta­tis­tics pre­sent­ed show:

  • 670 UID activ­i­ties in coop­er­a­tion with DITIB
  • 420 UID activ­i­ties in coop­er­a­tion with IGMG
  • 85 UID activ­i­ties in coop­er­a­tion with The Organ­i­sa­tion of Islam­ic Cooperation
  • 35 UID activ­i­ties in coop­er­a­tion with Türk Fed­erasy­on
  • 27 UID activ­i­ties in coop­er­a­tion with ATIB

    Watch the full pre­sen­ta­tion here.

Oth­er sta­tis­tics pre­sent­ed by Adem Taflan, advi­sor to the UID chair­man, show that the UID has set up branch­es in 31 coun­tries and aims to open a 32nd branch in Rus­sia in 2023. Accord­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion, the orga­ni­za­tion is most active in Ger­many, where it oper­ates 15 region­al branches.

The UID describes itself as a vol­un­tary NGO  found­ed in 2004. 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 places empha­sis on 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.

The IGMG or Islamis­che Gemein­schaft Mil­lî Görüş is an orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing the Turk­ish polit­i­cal move­ment Mil­lî Görüş. The move­ment was found­ed in 1969 by for­mer Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Necmet­tin Erbakan, who, until his death, head­ed the Islamist Felic­i­ty Par­ty in Turkey. The ide­ol­o­gy and polit­i­cal agen­da of Mil­lî Görüş has called for an end to the sec­u­lar regime in Turkey through edu­ca­tion and preach­ing. The IGMG oper­ates more than 300 mosques in Ger­many and over 500 in Europe.

DITIB, or The Turk­ish-Islam­ic Union for Reli­gious Affairs (Turk­ish: Diyanet İşl­eri Türk-İsl­am Bir­liği) is a mosque umbrel­la orga­ni­za­tion that oper­ates in sev­er­al Euro­pean coun­tries. The orga­ni­za­tion is linked to the Diyanet, a Turk­ish gov­ern­ment agency respon­si­ble for reli­gious affairs. The Diyanet sends imams to DITIB’s mosques, and the Diyanet or the local Turk­ish con­sulate pays their salaries.



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