International Circassian Council
47 State Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.
Honored Members of the Estonian Parliament
In 2014, the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi
will host the Winter Olympics. Sochi and its surroundings is the homeland of
The Circassian nation is one of the indigenous
nations of the Caucasus. Due to the Russian Empire’s policy of expansion in the
Caucasus during the 18th and 19th centuries, Circassians
lost more than 1.5 million lives. The Circassian nation continues to suffer
till today as a consequence of these crimes and policies.
Circassia is a nation denied by genocide,
having been deprived of its independence as a result of colonization, mass
crime, mass deportation and genocide. Today, Circassia remains a victim of continuous
genocide and a nation in exile.
With respect to the methods of the authorities
of the Russian Federation are preparing for the Olympic Games in 2014 and the
fact that it is taking place in the vicinity of the European Union, we are
appealing to you and the European community. The question is not about the fate
of the Circassian nation but also about political, social, humanitarian an
ecological problem concerning entire Europe.
Firstly, the situation of human rights in the
entire North Caucasian region has worsened dramatically during the past few
years. Restricting freedom of speech and media has reached tragic proportions,
occasionally resulting in physical liquidation of journalists and human rights
Secondly, Olympic construction sites are built
ignoring all environmental standards causing destruction of ecological balance,
drastic deterioration of environmental conditions and irreversible consequences
to local settlements. As a result, the settlements become uninhabitable and the
economic activity of local populace basically impossible. The authority of the
Russian Federation has not implemented any reasonable compensation mechanisms
Moreover, abuses of both political and
administrative authorities in the region have already exceeded endurance level
of local citizens. Corruption, abuses and impunity of authorities have reached
the dimensions where civilized existence of the local populace becomes
The Circassian Diaspora worldwide, in
cooperation with Circassians in homeland, cannot tolerate the situation and
appeals to the International community to react and express disapproval and
help. Olympic Games as a symbol of peace have become a tool in systematic war
against a small nation.
Current situation requires forming timely and
clear position based on European criteria. We are ready to provide you and the
European community with relevant documents and information materials. We are
also ready to participate as experts or witnesses in any relevant event
organized in institutional formats of the European Parliament. We, the
Circassian people, propose that the European Union initiate a fact-finding
mission to the North Caucasus to report on current human rights, ecological and
corruption abuses. Relevant reports of independent observers and experts must
be available and made public.
Russian Federation as a strategic partner of
the European Union have joined international conventions and signed cooperation
agreement with the EU clearly stating commitments taken and it is
self-explanatory for the member states to demand fulfilling of these
commitments and criteria characteristic to civilized states.
Estonia’s reputation as successful reform
state and the member of the European Union and NATO, it’s credibility and
value-based policy allow us to hope that our appellation deserves comprehensive
attention in the institutions, civil society and wider public of Estonia, and
gives an impulse to interfere and involve friends and partners around the world
to find solutions of resolving the current situation.
Tallinn, 28th of September