Rumi Forum 2016 Fellowship Trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was held between May 27 and June 4, 2016. A group of scholars across United States visited Almaty and Bishkek to learn more about the social, cultural, economic and political issues in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The participants met with journalists, authors, politicians, NGO representatives and businessmen to explore the domestic and international issues in the region.
Rumi Forum Washington DC and its chapters in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and North Carolina continued the tradition of hosting Ramadan iftar dinners to foster dialogue and friendship. More than 50 iftars were held in organizations and Turkish American homes. People from government, media, think tanks, universities and NGOs with diverse backgrounds attended the dinners.
In its third year Rumi Forum's suhoor (the early breakfast) was held on July 2, 2016 at 2:30 am. As in previous years the event was well attended by Washingtonians. Reverend Galen Carey, National Association of Evangelicals and Aziz Ahmad from the office of US Representative Hank Johnson gave remarks.
One cannot speak of democracy in the absence of the rule of law, separation of powers and essential human rights and freedoms, especially the freedom of expression. True victory for democracy in Turkey is only possible by reviving these core values.
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 in domestic politics. These are core values of Hizmet participants. We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey.
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 that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly.
Reverend Nate Walker, Newseum at TAA+Rumi Forum Signature Iftar
Arsalan Suleman, US State Department at TAA+Rumi Forum Signature Iftar
Galen Carey, National Association of Evangelicals- 3rd Annual Rumi Forum #Suhoor July 2, 2016
Imam Abdullah Antepli, Duke University at TAA+Rumi Forum Signature Iftar
Aziz Ahmad, Congressional Fellow - 3rd Annual Rumi Forum #Suhoor July 2, 2016
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