The Chechnya Advocacy Network (CAN), a volunteer organization with the aspiration to develop into a professional NGO, is currently aiming to expand its existing regional groups, add new ones and increase its program activities. We also welcome partnerships with other volunteer and professional non-governmental organizations. CAN evolved from the realization that there are many people who share our concerns about the ongoing human rights violations and humanitarian crisis, feel great compassion for the Chechen people, and would like to take action. CAN's goal is to go beyond providing information about Chechnya to making a difference in the lives of Chechens, whether in Chechnya or in exile (more information
The website will enable visitors to get involved, find out how to support ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Chechnya, or just to learn more about the ongoing crisis and its implications. Its background information section, currently still being updated, aims to become an exhaustive source of information, both academic publications available online and a list of books published on Chechnya, as well as other Chechnya-related organizations, websites and list servs. Visitors can also subscribe to a weekly email
update on news, events etc. Thus, we welcome any suggestions, comments, contributions or criticism.
We are non-denominational, non-partisan and as an organization do not
support any side in the ongoing war in Chechnya. Rather, our focus is
humanitarian and our interest is the well-being of the Chechen people; we thus consider ourselves on the side of the many victims of this war who have suffered, and continue to suffer, from unimaginable tragedy and hardship. Neither are we "anti-Russian". On the contrary, we believe that the war in Chechnya has become a national catastrophe for the Russian Federation, has hampered its democratic development and exposed tens of thousands of young Russians to a brutal and dehumanizing nightmare, which too many of them did not survive.
If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please visit our website. We are looking forward to hearing from you, and hope that some of you will decide to get involved.
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