Atatürkist Thought Association

The Atatürkist Thought Association (Turkish: Atatürkçü Düşünce Derneği; ADD) is a secularist organization that espouses the ideas of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. It was founded by Professor Hıfzı Veldet Velidedeoğlu, Professor Muammer Aksoy and Associate Professor Bahriye Üçok.

Atatürkist Thought Association
Founded19 May 1989 (1989-05-19)[1]
HeadquartersAnkara, Turkey

The association is opposed to the Islamist tenets enacted by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran and wants to ensure that religion and state remain separate in Turkey. The organization is known for initiating court cases against web sites which insult Atatürk, or with links to sites that insult Atatürk.[2] It is credited with organising the 2007 Republic Protests.

People associated with ADD include former President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey Yekta Güngör Özden,[3] former General Şener Eruygur (its head in 2009)[4] and Tansel Çölaşan (its head since 2010).


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  1. ^ Senel Symons The Routledge Graded Modern Turkish Reader, Routledge, 6 Aug 2012. p143
  2. ^ Today's Zaman, 13 April 2009, ADD moves to ban Google sites for defaming Atatürk
  3. ^ "Yekta Güngör Özden: 184 yeter". Zaman (in Turkish). 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  4. ^ Today's Zaman, 13 January 2009, Atatürkist Thought Association decries Kurdish-language TV

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