Answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
According to information publicly available, IHH is an independent NGO active in the field of humanitarian aid and operating in a wide number of countries. Its funding comes mainly from private donations. IHH applied recently to the Turkish Ministry of Interior to obtain public benefit status, but has not received that status yet.
The Commission does not possess enough information to substantiate allegations regarding the objectives and areas of activity of IHH mentioned in the question of the Honourable Member or the alleged connections between IHH and the Turkish Government.
Regarding the banning of IHH Germany by the German Ministry of Interior, IHH Turkey (Insan Hak ve Hürriyetleri Vakfi) released a statement by which they claim not to have any links to the Germany-based organisation IHH (Internationale Humanitären Hilfsorganisation). This information is confirmed by the German Embassy in Ankara.
The Commission does not have any information concerning involvement of IHH in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.