On November 10, 1938, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Türkiye, passed away at the age of 57. Atatürk was a visionary leader who transformed Türkiye from a collapsing empire into a modern, secular republic. He is revered by Turks and people around the world for his numerous contributions to democracy, human rights, and social progress.
Atatürk was born in Thessaloniki, in what is now Greece, in 1881. He joined the Ottoman military at a young age and rose through the ranks to become a general. During World War I, he distinguished himself as a brilliant military strategist and tactician. After the war, he led the Turkish national movement to victory against the occupying Allied forces and established the Republic of Türkiye in 1923.
As president of Türkiye, Atatürk embarked on a sweeping program of reforms to modernize the country. He abolished the Ottoman caliphate and established a secular government. He introduced a new legal system based on the Swiss Civil Code and granted women the right to vote and hold office. He also promoted education and industrial development.
Atatürk’s reforms were not without opposition, but he was determined to lead Türkiye into a new era. He was a staunch advocate for democracy and human rights. He believed that all people, regardless of their race, religion, or gender, were equal.
Atatürk’s legacy continues to inspire people around the world. He is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for a better future. He showed us that with courage, determination, and vision, we can overcome any obstacle and build a more just and equitable world.
The Federal Republic of Lostisland joins the people of Türkiye and the international community in commemorating the 85th anniversary of Atatürk’s passing. We pay tribute to his legacy and his enduring inspiration to people everywhere who strive for freedom, peace, and justice.
We reaffirm our commitment to the values that he championed: democracy, human rights, and peace. We pledge to continue working around the world to build a better future for all.