German gov’t dismisses parliamentary question on Hizmet


Date posted: March 20, 2014

BERLIN

The German federal government dismissed a parliamentary question about the faith-based Hizmet movement, underlining that the movement hasn’t been involved in any illegal acts that threaten the foundations of the democratic and constitutional order in the EU country. 

 

The question was submitted in the Bundestag by the Left Party, known for its sympathies for the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its related organizations in Germany.

Responding to the parliamentary question, the German government, which is led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that an extensive assessment of the faith-based movement’s organizations and foundations in Germany had failed to find any evidence of involvement in any wrongdoing or illegal activity.

The Left Party’s parliamentary question asked about the level of cooperation between the German government and Hizmet-affiliated organizations in a number of fields, from education to media and intercultural dialogue.

The Left Party asked whether the Hizmet movement and its followers undermine the basic foundations of the plural and democratic constitution, gender equality, freedom of conscience, separation of powers and freedom of education. “There is no indication showing that the Fethullah Gülen movement is against the plural and democratic constitution,” the government said in response.

The parliamentary question brings the Hizmet movement’s activities in Germany into the spotlight, with the government saying that the movement centers its activities on interfaith dialogue, education and business cooperation forums.

Praising the work of the movement, the government also had good words for Pangea Wettbewerb, an organization supported by the German Ministry of Education that holds competitions in math to pursue its mission of fostering education and assisting students in their studies. The Pangea Mathematics Competition (Pangea Mathematikwettbewerb, http://www.pangea-wettbewerb.de) is nationally recognized competition in Germany and enjoys the support of distinguished scholars.

The government also said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who visited Germany one month ago, only shared his point of view about the latest developments in Turkey. The government also rejected the claim that Erdoğan had presented documents about the movement to German officials.

Source: Todays Zaman , March 20, 2014


Related News

Islamist daily published profiling story in 2010

The Islamist Akit daily published a story on illegal profiling conducted by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) that targeted religious groups back in 2010, long before the Taraf daily, which is currently under fire from the government for publishing similar documents, the authenticity of which have been confirmed by the government.

Turkey’s Erdoğan Regime Extends Post-Coup Witch Hunt Targeting Gülen Followers Abroad

Turkey, under the autocratic rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has stepped up its witch hunt against the alleged members of Gülen movement abroad, pro-Erdoğan English paper Daily Sabah reported. So far, 16 alleged Gülen followers have been abducted or caught abroad and transferred to Turkey from Asian, Middle Eastern countries and Bulgaria.

Turkey: ‘Exclusion for all’ state

Indeed, just last week a columnist in a pro-government daily argued that officials in certain government institutions have been expelled over their alleged ties to the Hizmet movement. This is no different from a witch hunt. In a civilized society, expelling qualified professionals because of their sympathy for a religious and social movement can only be described as discrimination.

The real issue is the National Security Council [in Turkey]

A recent report by the Taraf daily indicating that the National Security Council (MGK) had formed a plan to destroy the Gülen movement has sparked discussions. This is only natural, considering that the current political administration is known for its adherence to religious values. This report is huge news because the government failed to oppose the military in the MGK meeting.

Turkish educator says Demirel stood with Turkish schools abroad

Turkish educator Süleyman Alptekin has said that Turkey’s ninth president, Süleyman Demirel, who died on Wednesday at the age of 90, won people’s hearts with his open support for Turkish educators and Turkish schools abroad inspired by the views of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. Alptekin was flown back to the country in Demirel’s plane after being seriously injured in an accident in Bangladesh in 1997.

Anti-police operation is gov’t attempt to take revenge for graft probe

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has recently been engaged in a bitter fight with the Hizmet movement. This conflict intensified after Dec. 17, 2013, when a major graft operation targeting government ministers and connected businessmen became public. The prime minister claims the operation was orchestrated by the Hizmet movement in an effort to overthrow his government. However, he has not provided any evidence to prove this claim, and the movement denies the accusation.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Turkey introduces new decree law to seize all Gulen-related companies

Dialogue Eurasia: Humanitarian Davos

‘First, account for the shirt you are wearing’

Turkish American Society of Ohio Seeks to Foster Friendship and Understanding Between Cultures

Pro-gov’t daily repeats Bharara controlled by Gülen movement, calls him ‘stupid’

Syracuse celebrates Turkish culture, cuisine at City Hall event

Erdogan’s war on education: The exodus of Turkey’s teachers

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News