Council for Justice, Equality and Peace (COJEP)
COJEP (Council for Justice, Equality and Peace; French: Conseil pour la Justice, l’Egalité et la Paix) is an NGO based in Strasbourg, France, that describes itself as working in the spheres of human rights, democracy, fighting against racism and discrimination, intercultural dialogue, and other societal matters. COJEP was founded in 1992 in Belfort, France, and shared its headquarters with Millî Görüş. COJEP acted as the youth branch of the movement before splitting from it and moving to Strasbourg in 1996. COJEP has taken the same positions as Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP, politically opposing a bill that would criminalize denial of the Armenian genocide and using AKP talking points in speaking against criticism of the Turkish government’s handling of the Gezi Park protests. COJEP’s founder and president, Ali Gedıkoğlu, has called Millî Görüş his “camp” and has been prosecuted for incitement of hatred against critics of President Erdoğan, to whom Gedikoğlu’s son is now an advisor. COJEP has status or membership in the United Nations Economic and Social Council, European Parliament, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe. Several COJEP officials have had important positions in France’s Equality and Justice Party (Parti Égalité Justice), including Gedikoğlu, and the two organizations share the same address.