We are reaching out to you about the current situation in Turkey to share with you our efforts and ask for your help in voicing the concerns of the Turkish-American community. We are continuing to closely monitor events, which are developing rapidly and now reach beyond the initial issue of Gezi Park. Our thanks to those who have shared their thoughts and who are trying to show support for democracy in Turkey in various ways, from email campaigns to peaceful marches. These are difficult times, and we are all trying to find effective ways to bring strength to our friends and our democracy in Turkey.

In terms of ATAA‘s efforts, we will be speaking with various parties this week, including Turkish government officials and representatives of various Turkish and international organizations. We will convey the strong message and principles you see below. Our hope is that by reaching out to those who have the ability to impact the current situation, we can help bring a peaceful resolution that strengthens the voice of democracy in Turkey. Our goal is to make sure the Turkish-American community’s voice is heard loud and clear. We want to represent you to the best of our ability. Please help us by sharing your thoughts and the messages you wish us to convey by writing to us at [email protected].


1. Along with many in the international community, we call for an immediate and thorough investigation of the police brutality against peaceful protestors. Those who have harmed citizens exercising their democratic right to demonstrate in a non-violent way must be held accountable.

2. Along with the international organizations concerned about availability of information, we also call all parties to ensure that freedom of the press and media in all forms are protected. When events are unfolding, a democracy stands strong when it allows all views to be heard in the press and in social media.

3. We call on the elected government of Turkey to continually ensure that the founding principles of the Turkish Republic and basic universal democratic rights of citizens are safeguarded, guaranteeing the rights of citizens to hold government accountable for its actions.

4. We urge the government to make further efforts to unite the people of Turkey of all political persuasions, and consistently play a compromising role to avoid future such conflicts.

The ATAA, representing over 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and nationwide to develop an informed and empowered Turkish American community, and to support strong U.S.-Turkish relations.  The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia. To learn more about ATAA, please visit us at