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
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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.