Statement of the Alliance for Shared Values on Media Reports Related to Fethullah Gulen

November 15, 2018 – We are alarmed at reports that the administration is exploring the possible removal of Fethullah Gulen from the United States. The Turkish government repeatedly has failed to provide appropriate evidence to the United States that Mr. Gulen was responsible for the deplorable July 15, 2016, coup attempt, involvement in which Mr. Gulen has repeatedly and emphatically denied. Now, according to media reports, the Turkish government is attempting to turn the tragic murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi into a bargaining chip for its illegal demand. Sending Mr. Gulen to Turkey almost certainly would lead to his death. We hope and expect that the United States government will abide by all conditions of its laws and treaties to ensure that due process is followed.

About Alliance for Shared Values

The Alliance for Shared Values (AFSV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a voice for cultural organizations affiliated with Hizmet, a civil society movement inspired by prominent preacher and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. The Alliance strives to promote peace and social harmony by helping reduce misinformation and false stereotypes about any or all ethnic, cultural and religious communities. To learn more about the Alliance, please visit

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