Iraq's Caucasus tribes demand formal recognition

 

Three Iraqi Caucasus tribes are uniting to seek recognition under the Iraqi Constitution. The Circassians, Chechens and Kumyks want to unify their communities under one national name, “Caucasus,” much like the Christians of Iraq did when they formed the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council political party in 2007. The tribes seek formal recognition in the constitution to guarantee equal rights and legal protection from violence against minorities.
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First national cultural Kumyk autonomy formed in Chechnya




The first national and cultural Kumyk autonomy has been formed at Braguny, the largest Kumyk settlement in Chechnya. Activists of local Kumyk national and cultural autonomies Tere and Tyuzlyuk from the Gudermessky and the Groznenssky Districts, officials of the department for PR and religious organizations at the administration of the Chechen leader and government took part in the foundation of the autonomy, Lenta.ru reports.

Zaurbek Bikinin, the head of the Tere autonomy, has been elected as the head of the new organization.

Tere and Tyuzlyuk became the first Kumyk autonomies of Russia in 2014, according to Rinat Abdullayev, deputy head of the new organization.

Kumyks are a Turkic ethnicity living in Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia and North Ossetia. They have a population of 600,000. Kumyks are the second largest national minority in Chechnya, after Russians.
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