September 27, 2015

Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu represents Turkey at UN summit

Turkey-based charity organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anyone There?), which has been a target of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's unjust smear campaigns, represented Turkey as an NGO at a UN summit that began on Friday.

The charity was among 607 nongovernmental organizations from across the world that were invited to the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which is under way in New York. The charity's foreign relations representative, Emrah Akgül, represented Kimse Yok Mu at the three-day summit. Expressing pleasure at attending the summit, which brought prime ministers or presidents of 160 countries together, Akgül said the goal of the charity is to contribute to eradicating poverty and providing welfare for humanity.

Kimse Yok Mu, which is inspired by the faith-based Gülen movement -- also known as the Hizmet movement -- has come under intense pressure from Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in the last two years, with unjust and baseless investigations being carried out against the foundation. The smear campaign against the charity organization is an example of the AK Party's general animosity towards the Gülen movement, which is based by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who inspires millions of people worldwide working for global peace through education, social work and dialogue.

When a series of corruption investigations went public on Dec. 17, 2013 implicating senior government officials, the AK Party government accused the Gülen movement of being behind the investigations and of trying, but failing, to topple the government through a bloodless coup d'état. The AK Party government has since then unjustly targeted schools, civil society organizations, media organs, businessmen and many public servants who are inspired by the movement. The AK Party even declared the Gülen movement a terrorist organization, which is seen as amusing by many people.

Kimse Yok Mu is a charitable organization that is active in 113 countries around the world.

Besides being internationally recognized and appreciated for its global efforts, Kimse Yok Mu is also an important implementing partner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Published on Today's Zaman, 26 September 2015, Saturday