ANNOUNCEMENTS

2509, 2020

AFSV Message on the Attack on Turkish Dissident Journalist Abdullah Bozkurt

AFSV Message on the Attack on Turkish Dissident Journalist Abdullah Bozkurt September 25, 2020– Turkish dissident journalist Abdullah Bozkurt, who helped expose the illegal actions abroad of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was attacked by three unidentified individuals in Stockholm, Sweden. We strongly condemn this heinous attack, which was aimed at silencing

508, 2020

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences for the Beirut Explosion

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences for the Beirut Explosion August 5, 2020 – I learned with deep grief the news of the explosion in Beirut that killed more than a hundred people, injured thousands and caused hundreds of thousands to leave their homes. I extend my condolences to those who lost their loved

1906, 2020

AfSV Statement on Juneteenth

AfSV Statement on Juneteenth June 19, 2020 – Today, the United States marks Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the formal end of slavery in the country. This year’s celebration comes on the heels of weeks of civil rights protests to advance the cause of Black people being treated equally under the law. The

3005, 2020

AfSV statement on Minneapolis and the death of George Floyd

AfSV statement on Minneapolis and the death of George Floyd May 30, 2020 – The tragic death of George Floyd during a police intervention in Minneapolis has saddened the nation and triggered a wave of protests in numerous cities. Unfortunately, this is the latest in a long line of appalling deaths across the

1303, 2020

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement on Coronavirus Pandemic

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement on Coronavirus Pandemic March 13, 2020 – I extend my condolences to those who lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus that has spread around the world and resulted in the deaths of thousands. I pray for the speedy recovery of those who are ill. I trust the public health officials,

2902, 2020

Fethullah Gulen’s Condolences Message for Turkish Soldiers Killed in Idlib

Fethullah Gulen’s Condolences Message for Turkish Soldiers Killed in Idlib February 29, 2020 – At a time when we are bearing one painful event after another, I was deeply saddened to receive the news of martyred Turkish soldiers each of whom is a precious child of their motherland. I send my deepest condolences to

1802, 2020

AfSV Announcement Regarding New Rumors of a Military Coup in Turkey

AfSV Announcement Regarding New Rumors of a Military Coup in Turkey February 18, 2020 –Rumors of an impending military coup have surfaced again in Turkey’s media and social media platforms loyal to the ruling party. In the months leading to the horrible July 15, 2016, coup attempt, similar rumors were circulated on the very

1302, 2020

AfSV Statement on the CREW Article Riddled with Factual Errors and Insinuations

AfSV Statement on the CREW Article Riddled with Factual Errors and Insinuations February 13, 2020 – A recent report by the Washington advocacy group CREW suggested that a Turkish-American’s individual political donations were connected to the Alliance for Shared Values’ transparent advocacy efforts and to the broader Hizmet movement. That could not be further

801, 2020

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Devastating Bush Fires in Australia

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Devastating Bush Fires in Australia January 8, 2020 – I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the enormous bush fires in Australia that caused the deaths of 24 Australian citizens, burned over 1000 homes and took the lives of millions of animals. My thoughts and prayers are

401, 2020

AfSV’s Statement on Efforts of Hizmet Movement Participants toward More Transparent, Accountable and Participatory Governance in Non-profit Organizations

AfSV’s Statement on Efforts of Hizmet Movement Participants toward More Transparent, Accountable and Participatory Governance in Non-profit Organizations January 4, 2020 Introduction and Background Hizmet Movement participants have started their first initiatives in North America during the 1990s. Institutional activities have focused on culture, education, interfaith and intercultural dialogue and humanitarian relief while

1112, 2019

AfSV Message on the Shooting Incident in Jersey City on Tuesday

AfSV Message on the Shooting Incident in Jersey City on Tuesday December 11, 2019 – We received, with sadness and horror, the news of the shooting incident in Jersey City on December 10. The attack, which the authorities identified as driven by anti-Semitic hate, left a police officer and three civilians dead. Unfortunately,

1610, 2019

Alliance for Shared Values Statement on the News that Rudy Giuliani Repeatedly Urged President Trump to Eject Fethullah Gulen from the United States

Alliance for Shared Values Statement on the News that Rudy Giuliani Repeatedly Urged President Trump to Eject Fethullah Gulen from the United States October 16, 2019 – The news that Rudy Giuliani pressed repeatedly for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen without due process is yet another sign that the government of Turkish President

1507, 2019

AfSV Statement on the Third Anniversary of July 15 Failed Coup Attempt

AfSV Statement on the Third Anniversary of July 15 Failed Coup Attempt July 15, 2019 – It’s been three years since the July 15 failed coup attempt that was used to justify President Erdogan’s power grab and Turkey’s slide into deeper authoritarianism. Erdogan has staged a witch hunt against tens of thousands of

305, 2019

World Press Freedom Day Message from Fethullah Gulen

World Press Freedom Day Message from Fethullah Gulen May 3, 2019 – Today I join the United Nations and the global community in paying tribute to journalists around the world, including those who endure obstacles to ensure that the public is informed. This day is a reminder to us for the importance of

1604, 2019

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement on Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement on Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire April 16, 2019– I was deeply saddened by the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, which damaged one of the world’s most important treasures. Notre Dame Cathedral has witnessed crucial events throughout France’s history and has been the inspiration for world-renowned works of art, gaining a special place

803, 2019

International Women’s Day Message from Fethullah Gülen

International Women’s Day Message from Fethullah Gülen March 8, 2019 – On International Women’s Day, the international community celebrates the economic, political and social contributions of women and searches for solutions that can ensure true gender equality. The efforts shown in this matter bring hope for the future. On this occasion, I would

603, 2019

AfSV condemns Turkish government’s policy of awarding assistance to kidnapping and extrajudicial killings

AfSV condemns Turkish government’s policy of awarding assistance to kidnapping and extrajudicial killings March 6, 2019 – The Alliance for Shared Values condemns a Turkish government policy that places a bounty on the heads of Hizmet participants, as reported by a pro-government news outlet. According to Yeni Safak, the government of President Recep Tayyip

2002, 2019

AfSV’s Message on World Day of Social Justice

AfSV’s Message on World Day of Social Justice February 20, 2019 – As the World Day of Social Justice is observed today, the Alliance for Shared Values joins the United Nations and the international community in reminding ourselves that promoting social justice is a necessary step in our endeavor to achieve world peace.

2701, 2019

Commemoration Message for The International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Commemoration Message for The International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2019 – As we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we recognize one of the darkest times in our world’s history. The systematic persecution and execution of people of Jewish faith—along with other minority groups—by the Nazi regime is a horror we hope is never

1712, 2018

AfSV Statement on Turkish Foreign Minister’s Claim Regarding Gulen’s Extradition

AfSV Statement on Turkish Foreign Minister’s Claim Regarding Gulen’s Extradition December 17, 2018 – Recent comments by the Turkish Foreign Minister regarding the G-20 meeting between President Trump and President Erdogan come just as Turkey’s lobbying activities have been further exposed. The charging of Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin for conspiracy against Mr.

2711, 2018

Statement of the Alliance for Shared Valueson the Principles of the Hizmet Movement

Statement of the Alliance for Shared Valueson the Principles of the Hizmet Movement November 27, 2018 Hizmet is a movement of volunteers who have gathered around universal humanitarian values. For the past 50 years, Hizmet movement participants have been committed to building friendship and peace, first in Turkey and then around the world

2211, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Thanksgiving Message

Fethullah Gulen’s Thanksgiving Message November 22, 2018 – As Americans gather around Thanksgiving tables today, it is a moment to celebrate and reflect on the bounties of God, express our gratitude to Him and to celebrate our common humanity. People from all faiths and political persuasions are able to put aside their differences and

2710, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue October 27, 2018 – I am shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific attack against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It is heartbreaking to see such a tragedy happen at a place of worship. I strongly condemn this hate-driven attack on the Jewish

310, 2018

AfSV Statement on Gunman Outside Chestnut Retreat Center in Saylorsburg

AfSV Statement on Gunman Outside Chestnut Retreat Center in Saylorsburg October 3, 2018 – At around 8:30 am this morning, an unknown man, who appeared to be armed, attempted to enter the retreat center in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, that has been the longtime home of Fethullah Gulen. A guard reacted to the situation with

210, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Message on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Fethullah Gulen’s Message on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi October 2, 2018 – On the 150th birth anniversary of one of world’s greatest leaders and peace advocates, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, I am delighted to join the peace-loving people of India and the world in commemorating the exemplary legacy of Mahatma. The extraordinary

2109, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Message for International Day of Peace

Fethullah Gulen’s Message for International Day of Peace September 21, 2018 – On the International Day of Peace, September 21, I join people from different countries, different cultures, and different religions to reaffirm and celebrate our commitment to peace across the world. May this special occasion be a reminder to us that we should

1709, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences to Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences to Those Affected by Hurricane Florence September 17, 2018 – I would like to offer my deepest condolences for those who lost loved ones and who were affected by the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. I continue to pray for the safety and protection of everyone involved in

2608, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Senator John McCain

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Senator John McCain August 26, 2018 – I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator John McCain, a dedicated public servant and a statesman committed to his principles. During this sad occasion, I would like to express my gratitude for his lifelong commitment to

2507, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Greece Wildfire Incident

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Greece Wildfire Incident July 25, 2018 –  I was deeply saddened by the news of the wildfires in Greece that took away the lives of at least 74 people. I extend my sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased. I pray to God, the

1507, 2018

AfSV Statement on the Second Anniversary of July 15 Failed Coup Attempt

AfSV Statement on the Second Anniversary of July 15 Failed Coup Attempt July 15, 2018 – July 15, 2016, and the aftermath of that day remains a dark period in Turkish history. On this second anniversary of that deplorable coup attempt, Turkey’s future looks even darker. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has solidified his

1506, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Eid Al-Fitr Message

Fethullah Gulen’s Eid Al-Fitr Message June 15, 2018 – We are celebrating the Holiday of Eid Al-Fitr at the end of the holy month of Ramadan with a bittersweet joy at a time many regions of the world, especially regions with a Muslim majority, are experiencing enormous hardship. As we celebrate this holiday,

406, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression June 4, 2018 – As the United Nations and the international community recognize the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, humanity is witnessing the suffering of millions of children, together with their families, from Syria to Yemen, from Libya

305, 2018

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on World Press Freedom Day

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on World Press Freedom Day May 3, 2018 – Today, the international community commemorates World Press Freedom Day, which provides us an opportunity to reflect on the value of a free press in society and to remind the public about violations of press freedom. On this occasion, I join with the

2604, 2018

AfSV Denounces the Abduction of Turkish National in Azerbaijan

AfSV Denounces the Abduction of Turkish National in Azerbaijan April 26, 2018 – The Alliance for Shared Values denounces the kidnapping of Mustafa Ceyhan, a Turkish citizen in Azerbaijan, on the morning of April 26, 2018, just as he was leaving a courthouse. When he was kidnapped, either by Turkish officials or by

2903, 2018

Alliance for Shared Values Statement on Detention of Turkish Nationals in Kosovo and Their Imminent Transfer to Turkey

Alliance for Shared Values Statement on Detention of Turkish Nationals in Kosovo and Their Imminent Transfer to Turkey March 29, 2018 – The Alliance for Shared Values denounces the detention of six Turkish nationals in Kosovo on Thursday morning as a result of demands from the Turkish government. This is the latest incident in which the Recep Tayyip Erdogan regime has targeted innocent

2302, 2018

Mr. Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Rev. Billy Graham

Mr. Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Rev. Billy Graham February 23, 2018 – I was saddened to learn of the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, a renowned man of faith who reached hundreds of millions with his inclusive messages in service of world peace. After 9/11, when asked about the possibility of a

1502, 2018

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condolences for Florida High School Shooting

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condolences for Florida High School Shooting February 15, 2018 – I am deeply saddened by the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that took the lives of 17 people, including teachers and students. It is heartbreaking to see such a tragedy take place at a school, which

1501, 2018

Fethullah Gülen’s Message for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Fethullah Gülen’s Message for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15, 2018 – The United States celebrates a national holiday today in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the foremost leaders of the civil rights movement. On this day, we celebrate the civil rights movement and its leaders who fought for equality

1511, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condolences for Iran/Iraq Earthquake

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condolences for Iran/Iraq Earthquake November 15, 2017 – I was deeply saddened by the news of the earthquake on the border of Iran and Iraq that resulted in the loss of over 400 lives and the wounding of many others. I send my deepest condolences to those who lost

210, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada October 2, 2017 – I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, that resulted in the deaths of more than 50 people and the wounding of more than 500. Despite

109, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Message to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Fethullah Gulen’s Message to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey September 1, 2017  – I am deeply saddened by the damage and loss of life caused by Hurricane Harvey in recent days. As the people of Houston and its surrounding areas seek shelter, I encourage all Americans to keep the victims of this tragedy in

109, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Unjust Treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Unjust Treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Burma September 1, 2017 – As we observe Eid Al-Adha, I am deeply saddened by the unjust treatment faced by Muslims in Burma, who have been displaced from their homeland. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge

2308, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Message on New Defamation Efforts by Erdogan Regime

Fethullah Gulen’s Message on New Defamation Efforts by Erdogan Regime August 23, 2017 – Having failed to convince the world of his baseless allegations against innocent Hizmet participants, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government launched a new, nefarious defamation campaign. Despite the ongoing crackdown on civil society, his government’s latest strategy,

1808, 2017

Alliance for Shared Values Statement on recent events in Charlottesville

Alliance for Shared Values Statement on recent events in Charlottesville (August 18, 2017) New York – We are deeply saddened by the outpouring of hate that led to violence and claimed three innocent lives and injured nearly 20 others during the protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. We join the

2907, 2017

A Response to “The Analysis of Forty Years of the Gulen Movement” Released by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs

A Response to “The Analysis of Forty Years of the Gulen Movement” Released by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs July 29, 2017 – With the release of their report on July 14, 2017, entitled, “The Analysis of Forty Years of the Gulen Movement,” it has become exceedingly clear that the Turkish Religious Directorate

305, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on World Press Freedom Day

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on World Press Freedom Day May 3, 2017 – World Press Freedom Day is an occasion that shines a light on the importance of free speech and a free press. One truly cannot be considered a human being without freedom. Protection of essential freedoms, including the freedom of thought and

1004, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation for Terrorist Attack Against the Coptic Christian Community in Egypt

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation for Terrorist Attack Against the Coptic Christian Community in Egypt April 10, 2017 – I have learned with grief about the horrific terrorist attack against two Coptic churches in Egypt during a Palm Sunday mass, killing at least 43 worshipers and police officers. I vehemently condemn this atrocity against the

2203, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation for London Terrorist Attack

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation for London Terrorist Attack March 22, 2017 –  I am deeply saddened by and strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in London Wednesday afternoon near the British Parliament that resulted in the death of three people, including a police officer, and left more than 20 injured. Regardless of the perpetrators and

1503, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Recent Incidents of Hatred in the United States

Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Recent Incidents of Hatred in the United States March 15, 2017 – The past weeks have brought on a number of terrible, traumatic incidents in the United States that betray this nation’s ideals of tolerance and peace. I strongly condemn the recent string of anti-Semitic incidents, the hate-motivated killing

103, 2017

AFSV Statement on Rumors about Mr. Gulen’s Residence

AFSV Statement on Rumors about Mr. Gulen’s Residence March 1, 2017– The Alliance for Shared Values rejects the accusation by Mr. Numan Kurtulmus, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, that Mr. Fethullah Gulen is planning a move to Canada. Mr. Gulen has not purchased any property in Canada or elsewhere and has no intention of

302, 2017

AFSV Statement on Temporary US Travel and Immigration Ban

AFSV Statement on Temporary US Travel and Immigration Ban New York (February 3, 2017) – The Alliance for Shared Values (AFSV) is fundamentally commitment to universal values that emphasize the inherent dignity of every human person. As an organization committed to peace, democracy and human rights, AFSV believes the temporary travel ban on citizens

101, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the New Year’s Eve Terrorist Attack in an Istanbul Nightclub

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the New Year’s Eve Terrorist Attack in an Istanbul Nightclub New York (January 1, 2017) – I condemn, in the strongest terms, the New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in an Istanbul nightclub that cost the lives of at least three dozen people and wounded dozens more. I

2212, 2016

AfSV’s response to Turkish Government’s Irresponsible and Desperate Effort to Divert Attention from Lapse of Security Surrounding the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

AfSV’s response to Turkish Government’s Irresponsible and Desperate Effort to Divert Attention from Lapse of Security Surrounding the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey New York (December 22, 2016) –  We categorically deny and protest Turkish Government officials’ allegations trying to link the assassin of Russian ambassador to Turkey with Mr. Gulen or

1212, 2016

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Istanbul Beşiktaş Stadium

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Istanbul Beşiktaş Stadium December 12, 2016– I condemn, in the strongest terms, the cruel terrorist attack carried out beside the Istanbul Beşiktaş Football Stadium that cost the lives of 44 of Turkish citizens, the majority of whom are members of the security

911, 2016

AfSV Statement on Turkish Government’s Arrest of HDP Parliamentarians

AfSV Statement on Turkish Government’s Arrest of HDP Parliamentarians Erdogan’s Persecutions Underscore Authoritarian Slide New York (November 9, 2016) – The Alliance for Shared Values is deeply concerned about the arrests of nine members of Turkish Parliament from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), including the party’s co-chairs Mr. Selahattin Demirtas and Ms.

111, 2016

AfSV Statement on the Detention of Cumhuriyet Editor in Chief and Journalists

AfSV Statement on the Detention of Cumhuriyet Editor in Chief and Journalists November 1, 2016– On Monday, the Turkish police raided the headquarters of the secular opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and detained editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu along with 12 other journalists. The journalists were charged with publishing stories to “legitimize the coup d’etat” of July 15.

410, 2016

AfSV Statement on the Turkish government’s detainment of Kutbettin Gülen

AfSV Statement on the Turkish government’s detainment of Kutbettin Gülen October 4, 2016 Alliance for Shared Values issued the following statement on the Turkish government’s detainment of Kutbettin Gülen  News of the detention of Kutbettin Gülen, the brother of Fethullah Gülen, is as unsurprising as it is troubling, and it is yet the

210, 2016

Fethullah Gulen’s Message regarding Rumors Circulated in Turkish Media about a Second Coup Attempt

Fethullah Gulen’s Message regarding Rumors Circulated in Turkish Media about a Second Coup Attempt October 2, 2016– Once again, the Turkish media, under government control or government pressure, is circulating horrific rumors, this time about a supposed second coup attempt in the works, supposedly prepared by my sympathizers with the backing of the United

2508, 2016

AFSV Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the Attack Against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Chairman of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party

AFSV Message of Condolences and Condemnation of the Attack Against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Chairman of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party August 25, 2016– We were saddened by the news of an attack on Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) that resulted in the death of a soldier and the wounding of

2108, 2016

Fethullah Gülen’s message of condemnation and condolences for victims of the terrorist attack in Gaziantep, Turkey

Fethullah Gülen’s message of condemnation and condolences for victims of the terrorist attack in Gaziantep, Turkey August 21, 2016– I condemn, in the strongest terms, the barbaric terrorist attack on attendees of a wedding ceremony in Gaziantep, Turkey that took the lives of more than fifty citizens, including children, and wounded many others. This

1507, 2016

Statement by Alliance for Shared Values on Developments in Turkey

Statement by Alliance for Shared Values on Developments in Turkey July 15, 2016– News media reported about developments in Turkey today regarding actions of Turkish Armed Forces. For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy. We have consistently denounced military interventions

1507, 2016

Fethullah Gulen issued the following statement on recent developments in Turkey

Fethullah Gulen issued the following statement on recent developments in Turkey July 15, 2016– I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey. Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force. I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey

407, 2016

Fethullah Gulen issued messages of condolence for victims of the terrorist attacks in Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia

Fethullah Gulen issued messages of condolence for victims of the terrorist attacks in Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia July 4, 2016– I condemn in the strongest terms the brutal terrorist attacks that took place in Baghdad, Iraq, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians, including many children. These attacks are grave

2906, 2016

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Victims of Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condolences for Victims of Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport June 29, 2016– Turkish Islamic scholar and peace advocate Fethullah Gulen, who has been residing in Saylorsburg, PA since 1999, condemned the horrific terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport. “Unfortunately, to be shaken by a terrorist attack and

1706, 2016

Fethullah Gulen issued the following statement on the Orlando shooting attack

Fethullah Gulen issued the following statement on the Orlando shooting attack June 17, 2016– I am shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific attack that took place in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. I unequivocally condemn this hate-driven terrorist attack and I share my revolt and disgust with billions of

806, 2016

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of condolence for Muhammad Ali

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of condolence for Muhammad Ali June 8, 2016 – I learned with grief the passing of Mr. Muhammad Ali, an individual who was dear to hundreds of millions of people around the world for his achievements in sports, strength of conviction, amicable personality and philanthropy. Through his professional accomplishments as well

306, 2016

AFSV Condemns Erdoğan’s Persecution of the Hizmet Movement

AFSV Condemns Erdoğan’s Persecution of the Hizmet Movement Designation Allows Turkish Government to Treat All Critics as ‘Terrorists’ For Immediate Release (NEW YORK – June 3, 2016) – The push by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Prime Minister’s cabinet to designate the Hizmet movement — also known as the “Gülen movement”

2403, 2016

Fethullah Gulen Condemns Brussels Terrorist Attacks

Fethullah Gulen Condemns Brussels Terrorist Attacks NEW YORK, March 24, 2016 – I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attacks at the Brussels International Airport and Metro station on March 22 that resulted in the deaths of more than 30 people and the injuries of hundreds. Regardless of the perpetrators and their stated purposes, every terrorist

403, 2016

AFSV Denounces President Erdogan’s Seizure of Leading Newspaper Zaman

AFSV Denounces President Erdogan’s Seizure of Leading Newspaper Zaman NEW YORK, March 4, 2016 – The Turkish government’s seizure of Zaman, the largest-selling newspaper in Turkey, is an attack on the country’s human rights, civil society and freedom of expression and the media. In his effort to consolidate power and silence all dissent, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s actions only serve to highlight his growing authoritarian tendencies. “Led

1301, 2016

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

Fethullah Gulen’s Condemnation and Condolences Message on Istanbul Terrorist Attack January 13, 2016– The cruelty of terrorism that we have witnessed numerous times before showed its ugly face again in Istanbul on January 12th. I strongly condemn this brutal terrorist attack that targeted tourists visiting Turkey. Just like the terrorist attacks that claimed the

412, 2015

AFSV Statement on San Bernardino Shooting

AFSV Statement on San Bernardino Shooting December 4, 2015– The Alliance for Shared Values strongly condemns the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that took the lives of 14 people and injured 21 others. It is deeply saddening to witness this senseless act of violence as we are trying to heal the wounds

2011, 2015

AFSV Statement on Russian Plane Bombing

AFSV Statement on Russian Plane Bombing November 20, 2015– The Alliance for Shared Values condemns the ISIS-related bomb scheme that resulted in the downing of a Russian plane on October 31 and the loss of 224 lives. The increasing frequency of these attacks is designed to sow fear amongst us, so it is now

1411, 2015

Fethullah Gulen Statement on Paris Terrorist Attacks

Fethullah Gulen Statement on Paris Terrorist Attacks New York, November 14, 2015 – I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attacks across Paris, France in the evening of Friday, November 13, that resulted in the deaths and dismemberment of hundreds of innocent people. Every terrorist activity, no matter where they occur, is a blow

1311, 2015

AFSV Statement on Paris Terror Attacks

AFSV Statement on Paris Terror Attacks November 13, 2015– The Alliance for Shared Values strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris. We stand united with the people of France and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives and offering our deepest condolences to the families. We honor the victims

2710, 2015

AFSV Statement on Turkish Government Actions against Free Media

AFSV Statement on Turkish Government Actions against Free Media October 27, 2015– Today, the headquarters of among the few remaining independent media outlets were raided by the Erdogan regime. The directors, staff and journalists were forcibly removed from their position and replaced by Erdogan loyalists who pulled the plug on live broadcast. These politically-motivated

1010, 2015

AFSV Statement on the Arrest of Today’s Zaman Editor

AFSV Statement on the Arrest of Today’s Zaman Editor October 10, 2015– The Alliance for Shared Values strongly deplores the Erdogan regime’s politically-motivated actions to squash media freedom. These disgraceful actions are the latest attempts by President Erdogan and his oligarchy to curb freedom of press and eliminate checks and balances. Such actions

1010, 2015

AFSV Statement on Ankara Attacks

AFSV Statement on Ankara Attacks October 10, 2015– Today, the United States marks Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the formal end of slavery in the country. This year’s celebration comes on the heels of weeks of civil rights protests to advance the cause of Black people being treated equally under the law. The Hizmet