The Tenth Anniversary of Circassian Genocide Recognition
By: Adel Bashqawi
20 May 2021
Today marks the tenth commemoration of the anniversary of the Georgian Parliament’s recognition of the Circassian Genocide and the forcible displacement of the Circassian nation from its homeland that it knew and belonged to, as well as the homeland is recognized by this nation that didn’t have another homeland over thousands of years.
It can be said here on this day that this commemoration is dear to the hearts and minds in this treacherous time, which is not equal or parallel to any other occasion since May 21, 1864 until now. Thanks to the research presented by Professor Merab Chukhua on the Circassian Genocide entitled, “Circassian Genocide – the History of Problem, Chronicles of Events, the Scientific Conclusion.”
With the presence of representatives of the Circassian Diaspora, the
Georgian Parliament unanimously recognized the Circassian genocide, accompanied by deliberate famine and epidemics. “After verification” in its session held on May 20, 2011 in the capital, Tbilisi, where four specialized parliamentary committees recommended this, namely:
— Committee for Diaspora and Caucasus Issues.
— The Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee.
— Education, Science and Culture Committee.
— Legal Issues Committee.
The recognition has confirmed beyond a reasonable doubt that the tragedies suffered by another people of the Caucasus have created synergy between peoples who have suffered injustice, as a result of crimes committed in order to fulfill the colonial ambitions of the Russian Empire, which were nothing but the desired dream in terms of occupation, annexation and building settlements, in the implementation and realization of the abhorrent racism of multiple flavors and titles. These facts remind of treachery of near and far, especially the countries that have always had more to hide than to show.
The commemoration of this memory befits its importance on the outcome of the Circassian Question, especially since one of the independent republics of the Caucasus and a member of the United Nations recognizes the crimes of genocide, ethnic cleansing and forced deportation committed by the armies and mercenaries of the Russian Empire against the Circassian nation, and confirms the tragedies suffered by the Circassian people.
The crimes committed by the Russian Empire against an entire nation should be recognized. The struggle between right and wrong is eternal and truth will prevail. Ultimately, Circassians will regain their legitimate rights. In that sense, Theodore Roosevelt said: “In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”