A CALL FOR THE REBIRTH OF THE CIRCASSIAN PEOPLE
Preservation of the Circassian cultural identity is a natural right of any Circassian individual living in any part of the world and it is one of the essential rights that is emphasized by the international Declaration of Human Rights issued by the United Nations.
Today substantial populations of Circassians are citizens of different countries of the world. They have made important contributions to the establishment, development and prosperity of these countries, thanks to the unique character of due cultural heritage.
The North Caucasus is the homeland of all Circassians. Their forced expulsion from their homeland in the 19th century is the largest mass exodus in modern times. Circassians of the Caucasus and the Diaspora are part of a single ethnic and cultural entity. Uniting these part is a natural human right. Creating permanent and effective links between Circassians of the world can also enhance relationships between countries in which Circassians live.
Due to the fact that they have been separated for nearly 130 years. Circassians are finding it increasingly difficult to preserve their language and cultural heritage and are at risk of large scale assimilation that threatens their very existence as a people. Recent changes in the world, resulting in mass diffusion of communications technologies and wider recognition of human rights, has brought about new opportunities that previously have not been dreamed of.
Noting this, representatives of Circassians from the Caucasus, Turkey, Jordan and Israel have met in Amman to create an effective system based upon a network of specialized committees made up of members from the world wide Circassian communities to deal with the most important and immediate issues at hand.
1. The committee for the preservation and revival of the Circassian language
The Circassian language is rapidly disappearing. The committee therefore will develop a new and improved way of teaching the Circassian language as well as considering the adoption of the Latin alphabet.
2. The committee for history
The committee is formed to research and to write the common and entire history of the Circassians from the beginning of time to the present day.
3. The committee for relations with the homeland
The committee is formed to achieve the international recognition of Circassians as displaced people and to implement their rights under international law to automatic citizenship in their homeland.
4. The committee for mass media and communications
The committee will work to form a reliable network of communications so that all Circassian might recare and disseminate information among themselves. The committee will also work toward informing the world about Circassians, their history, culture and affairs.
5. The committee for the Circassian land in the Caucasus
The committee will investigate the best possible means by which Circassian may invest in land in the Caucasus.
Each committee will work independently and with the support of the International Circassian Association, institutions and communities all over the world.
The committees will report the progress and achievements to the General Assembly of the World Circassian Association.
The committees are open to any contribution and assistance from any individual and organization, both Circassian and non-Circassian.
The urgency and great responsibility in the hands of the committees stems from the fact that Circassians are now at the crossroads of a rebirth or extinction. This may be our last chance to realize the dreams of our grandfathers and the hopes and aspirations of our younger generations to whom the future belongs.
His Royal Highness