An international conference entitled Hidden Nations

An international conference entitled Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes: The Circassians and the Peoples of the North Caucasus Between Past and Future was held in Tbilisi on 20-21 March 2010. The conference was organized by the Jamestown Foundation and the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University.

Activists from the North Caucasian Diaspora and well-known academics, including Professor Norman Stone, Moshe Gammer and Marie Bennigsen, took part in the conference.

The participants addressed historical events as well as current developments related to the region.

At the end of the conference, the Circassian and the Chechen and Ingush delegations signed an appeal to the Parliament of Georgia and parliaments of other countries of the world asking them to recognize as genocide the actions carried out by the Russian state with regard to the North Caucasian peoples in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Circassian resolution also contains an appeal to recognize the town of Sochi as the place and a symbol of the Circassian genocide thus preventing the 2014 Winter Olympics from being held there.

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