A number of Turkish NGOs, civil society organisations and legal associations have come out in criticism of a move by the Turkey’s government on Tuesday to seize a foundation linked to former Turkish prime minister and leader of the new Future Party, Ahmet Davutoğu.
The Istanbul-based Foundation for Sciences and Arts (BİSAV) itself was quick to denounce the decision by the government to assign three trustees to take over the foundation, calling the move against it a “dangerous initiative”.
Davutoğlu, who earlier this year launched Turkey’s newest party to rival the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of former ally Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is among the founders of BISAV, which is lauded as a leading institution of Turkey’s conservative intellectual circle.
BİSAV since 1986 has organised seminars and led research on politics, history, economics and literature.
Turkey’s conservative Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH) said it was saddened and disturbed the move.
“It is unacceptable to carry over the process of seizing the Şehir University to the foundation,’’ İHH said in a statement it issued on Wednesday.