GYV’s dialogue center not returned despite court order

Despite a court order, Eyüp Municipality officials and police forced GYV members to leave the KADIM dialogue center on Wednesday. (Photo: Today's Zaman, Usame Arı)
Despite a court order, Eyüp Municipality officials and police forced GYV members to leave the KADIM dialogue center on Wednesday. (Photo: Today's Zaman, Usame Arı)


Date posted: January 23, 2015

OSMAN ÜNALAN / ISTANBUL

Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) officials were forced to leave its affiliate Intercultural Dialogue Center (KADIM) office in the Eyüp district of İstanbul despite a court order ruling that GYV could return to the premises after the dialogue center was unlawfully evacuated by municipal police on Dec. 26, 2014.

Municipal police from Eyüp Municipality evacuated the KADIM dialogue center of GYV, located in Kara Süleyman Tekkesi on Düğmeciler Street in the Eyüp district of İstanbul, which was leased from the General Directorate of Foundations (VGM) for ten years beginning in 2010. In addition to physically forcing out the staff, all of the items inside the building were removed and confiscated by the municipal police. The police officers said at the time that GYV had made changes to the structure of the premises, which GYV denies, and even had that been the case, they would have had 30 days to return it to its original state.

KADIM dialogue center has been operational in Kara Süleyman Tekkesi for the last four years and is used mainly to serve non-Muslims who want more information about Islam and Islamic culture. GYV, whose honorary chairman is Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, is known for its worldwide support of conflict resolution, peace-building and intercultural dialogue projects.

Smear campaigns and police operations are being conducted by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against individuals and institutions affiliated with the Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, inspired by the teachings of Gülen, since a major corruption and bribery investigation went public on Dec. 17, 2013 that implicated some high-ranking government officials and pro-government businessmen. The government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the investigation “a coup attempt” orchestrated by the movement to overthrow the ruling AK Party.

Talking with Today’s Zaman, Recep Usta, the GYV official in charge of KADIM, said that GYV applied to the İstanbul 18th Civil Court of Peace for the KADIM office to resume operations on the premises. The court determined on Jan. 9 that there was no legal obstacle to the GYV using the dialogue center and that the organization could return and resume operations. According to Usta, officials from GYV then went to the dialogue center on Jan. 12 but were forced by officials to leave the premises.

Receiving an order from the İstanbul 24th Bailiff Directorate, which enforces court orders, Usta said that officials and lawyers from GYV again went to the KADIM center on Wednesday along with an official from directorate. The directorate official formally returned the premises to the GYV officials and left, but a short while later officials from VGM and Eyüp Municipality and Governor’s office came to the center, Usta said. When the VGM officials told them to leave the center and along with others began physically forcing them from the building, the GYV members called the police to help them. However, when police arrived they also forced the GYV officials out of the building.

Usta further stated that there were unidentified people saying, “We are the state here and will not abide by the law [court order]. Do whatever you can.” According to Usta, all the legal processes are completed to resume operations on the premises and have the confiscated property returned but they were removed from the premise by force. “We will continue to seek our rights through legal means,” Usta added.

In addition to acts such as these, the government has been carrying out a huge media campaign to discredit the movement in the eyes of society with pro-AK Party media publishing fabricated news stories regarding the Gülen movement, Hizmet-affiliated institutions and Gülen.

In addition to the media campaigns, some government-backed judicial decisions have also been made against movement followers or individuals and state officers who the government has determined to be close to the movement.

Source: Today's Zaman , January 22, 2015


Related News

Şimşek: Despite slander, Gülen remains silent to avoid provoking gov’t supporters

Osman Şimşek, editor of herkul.org — the website that usually publishes Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s speeches — has said that the Islamic cleric doesn’t respond to slander and insulting remarks so as not to provoke those who support the government.

Is the Hizmet movement resisting normalization?

Accusing the Hizmet movement, which insistently demands the fulfillment of the steps towards democratization which I referred to above and contributes to the process of change as evidenced by its stance in the referendum, of serving as a parallel structure indirectly means: “I will not change myself and introduce universal reforms. You have to live with this painful fact for the normalization of the country and take your steps accordingly.”

Minister says ‘parallel state’ claims not realistic, cites lack of evidence

Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı told reporters on Saturday in the Black Sea town of Rize that there is a lack of evidence to substantiate claims of a “parallel state,” recalling the government’s motto of “one state, one flag, one homeland, one nation.”

Gov’t tries to frame Hizmet with secret statements from shady sources

The alleged government-plot against members of the faith-based Hizmet movement, disclosed in June by former Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin, was further instigated with questionable testimonies obtained from secret witnesses, informants and anonymous complainants leading to criminal prosecutions apparently orchestrated by political authorities.

Arbitrary intrusions and dangerous liaisons

If the AKP leader can publicize the mistakes made during the Sledgehammer and Ergenekon trials and convince the public that these were committed by overzealous prosecutors linked to the Gülen movement, it will be easy for him to make a comparison with the corruption allegations against his government.

Peshawar High Court halts government order to deport Pak-Turk school staff

Petitioner counsel Qazi Muhammad Anwar argued that all the Turkish teachers are very peaceful people who have committed no crime in Turkey as well as here in Pakistan.” He prayed the bench to suspend the federal government’s notice and stop deportation of the Turkish teachers and their families. The bench accepted the request and restrained the deportation of Pak-Turk schools’ staff.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Pro-AKP media flop as corruption charges swell

Mongolia’s Elite Schools sponsor reading halls at pediatric hospital

Hong Kong Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre, Photography Competition 2015

Fethullah Gulen’s Condemnation and Condolences Message on Istanbul Terrorist Attack

Dumanlı: Accusations directed at Hizmet Movement is a great disappointment

Saudi Scholar: Turkish gov’t must give up ‘terrorist’ slander against Gülen

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

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News