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Hizmet: “Important Clarifications Concerning Current Debates”

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At the suggestion of a reader, here is a statement from the Gülenist “Journalists and Writers Foundation” (the folks who organize the Abant Platform) on “current debates in Turkey.” It is concise, and highlights what appears to be the matter of greatest contention about the Hizmet (Gülen) movement—is it really apolitical?

Their response:

Hizmet, as a civil society movement, operates with a strictly civic character. It is not an organor an affiliate of a government program, political party or agenda. Likewise, this civil movement is not an opponent of any political party.

But here is another critical point: As in any other social movement, some participants in the Hizmet movement may act contrary to the movement’s core value of civic volunteerism. However, these mistakes cannot be attributed to Hizmet.

Establishing this, the statement goes on to address more “concrete matters”:

  •   What are Hizmet’s expectationsof politicians and political parties?
  •   What is the nature of the relationship between Hizmet and the Justice and Development Party(AKP) government?
  •   Does Hizmet have “people” within the state?
  •   Is there a crisis between the movement and the AK Party?
  •   What is the response of Hizmet to its alleged manipulation of ongoing judicial and bureaucratic processes?
  •   What is Hizmet’s position regarding freedom of the press?

Read more.

Written by M. James

May 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

Posted in Politics, Religion, Turkey

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