The decision about restriction on outsourcing of mosques in the Netherlands
A session “Tensions in the Dutch-Turkish Society after the coup attempt” was held in the Dutch parliament in September 2017.
In this session, Turkey allegedly had influenced negatively through the Presidency of Religious Affairs on Turkish originated people live in the Netherlands based on its political agenda. The Christian Democratic Party (CDA), the Christian Unity Party (CU) and the Social Reform Party (SGP) to ban the financing of the Diyanet Foundation affiliated mosques from abroad. The proposal was adopted by the majority of parliament. According to the Dutch political system, the adopted proposals include a suggestion for taking a step in this direction.As a result of the evaluation, the government rejected the proposal for mosques with concern that the constitutional rights and freedoms would suffer. This information note summarizes the explanations made this decision.
Decision and Statement of the Government
In the Dutch government’s rejection statement, “The Turkish origin of the Netherlands have been negatively experienced by encountering political developments and the Dutch Government has tended to take measures against it and it will.” The statement also said that Turkey’s diaspora policy became very apparent after the July 15 coup attempt and during the referendum period.
These developments, indicated as had affected the internal affairs of the Netherland and harmony with Turkish origins and Dutch society in a negative way. The statement also said that the diaspora policy of Turkey became very apparent after the July 15 coup attempt and during the referendum period.
These developments were being stated that they have a negative influence in domestic affairs of the Netherland and the harmony of Turkish origins into the Dutch society. In this context, the former consul of Turkish Consulate General in the Netherlands and the former president of the Dutch Diyanet Foundation Yusuf Acar was shown as a negative example – Acar was accused of sharing datas of people and organizations close to FETO with Turkey.
For this reason, the Dutch government inculcated that people who will charge of the executive member of Dutch Diyanet Foundation should not have any diplomatic mission in the following process.The Dutch Diyanet Vakfı said that the state will take into account. This situation means that the Dutch Diyanet Foundation will re-organize relationship with Turkey.
The mosques affiliated to the Dutch Diyanet Foundation will continue to be financed by Turkey. Forasmuch as the government stated that a possible ban would harm notably freedom of religion as set out in Article 6 of the constitution and some rights and freedoms. However, the government also wants imams sent from Turkey to the Netherlands to adapt to the Dutch language and culture. Also, expecting from imams to contribute to the harmony of Turkish origin citizens living in the Netherlands. At this point, the Dutch Diyanet Foundation said that they will investigate the feasibility of integration process of relevant imams. At the same time, the government supports the training of imams in the Netherlands. For instance, the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science wanted to make feasibility studies from Vrije Universiteit
Amsterdam, VU, for establishing an imam school with Muslim organizations. Currently, the VU and Muslims and the Intergovernmental Communication Organization (CMO) have launched an initiative on this issue through supports of ministry.(A vocational college-level educational program and an academic degree at the graduate level)
The Dutch government has pointed out that second generation Turkish origin is more dependent on the country they came from compared to other immigrant groups and that their ties with the Netherlands are still weak. The government attributed the weakness to the active diaspora policy of Turkey, the discrimination cases experienced and the tensions in the Dutch Turkish society. So, the Government believes that ties of the Turkish origins with Netherlands may strengthen through abolishing or restrained these obstacles.