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Information on World Chechnya Day and how you can help commemorate it. WORLD CHECHNYA DAY

Dear Supporter,

We hope we find you in the best of health.

On Thursday 23rd February 2006, Save Chechnya Campaign UK, along with many other individuals and organisations around the world, will commemorate World Chechnya Day.

Given the polarisation of views over the current Chechen conflict, by
commemorating such a Day we hope it will be a means of bringing Chechnya
related organisations and individuals around the world as well as those
concerned with promoting peace and tolerance amongst peoples together by
doing events on a single day. It also hopes to provide a strong basis of
inviting and introducing the local establishments to the Chechen cause and raising awareness of the long running struggle against Russian hegemony and oppression.

Sixty two years ago, on 23 February 1944, Stalin ordered the deportation
of the entire Chechen and Ingush population to Central Asia. More than
half of the 500,000 people who were to be forcibly transported died in
transit or in massacres committed by Soviet troops. Those who survived the journey were left facing starvation and disease in the harsh winters of Siberia and Central Asia.

Within days an entire people had been erased from the land of their
ancestors. Overnight Chechnya and Ingushetia were emptied of their native inhabitants, and every reference to Chechnya was removed from official maps, records and encyclopaedias. Finally, in 2004, the European Parliament recognised this tragedy as a genocide.

So we commemorate 23 February as World Chechnya Day (WCD) and we hope you
will endorse and participate in World Chechnya Day with us...

World Chechnya Day is being commemorated to:

* Recognise the suffering and genocide of the Chechen people as a human
catastrophe of historic significance
* Respect all victims of Stalinist deportations
* Raise awareness and understanding of the Chechen genocide as an issue
of importance to humanity
* Ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation that were
committed during the Chechen genocide will never be forgotten or repeated, in Europe or elsewhere in the world
* Reflect on contemporary atrocities that raise similar issues
* Educate subsequent generations about the genocide and the continued
relevance of the lessons that can be learnt from it
* Assert a continuing commitment to oppose racism, victimisation and
genocide
* Support shared aspirations for the ideals of justice, security,
dignity and peace for all

To learn more about World Chechnya Day, its history, its supporters and
other events taking place worldwide, please feel free to visit:
www.worldchechnyaday.org

**Action**

As part of the World Chechnya Day commemorations, we are encouraging
people and organisations all around the UK, and indeed worldwide, to
organise film showings and talks locally, to sell and wear the World
Chechnya Day wristbands and, generally, to raise awareness of the Day and
the issues concerned. We would appreciate it if you would also participate in World Chechnya Day by organising local activity such as film showings and a talk.

If you should be interested in participating, please feel free to contact
us at info@savechechnya.org for documentaries, speeches, wristbands and
any other support you may require.

Please do submit any events you organise locally on the WCD events page,
http://www.worldchechnyaday.org/page/add_event as one of the aims of the
website is to be a clearinghouse for WCD events worldwide.

If you should be interested in purchasing World Chechnya Day wristbands
(£1/wristband), please email us at info@savechechnya.org with the number
of wristbands you require, your contact number and the delivery address.
Please follow this shortly with a cheque made payable to \'Save Chechnya
Campaign\' of the correct amount, sent to \'Save Chechnya Campaign, 27 Old
Gloucester Street, London, UK WC1N 3XX\'.

Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from many of you very soon,

Hajira Qureshi
Secretary, Save Chechnya Campaign
info@savechechnya.org

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