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Europe's Darkest Corner: New York Photo Exhibition and Event Series on Chechnya

From October 2006 through February 2007, the International Center for Tolerance Education (ICTE) of the New York-based Third Millennium Foundation will host a photo exhibition and event series on Chechnya, titled "Europe's Darkest Corner. Photographs from Chechnya 1994-2005". Throughout the exhibition, the ICTE will present thematic panels with Chechen and international experts, film screenings and opportunities to learn about Chechnya from visiting NGO activists from the region, making this the most long-running and comprehensive event dedicated to Chechnya in the US to date. The Chechnya Advocacy Network is proud to be ICTE's main partner in this effort.

Please join us for the opening event on October 3 (details).

The Third Millennium Foundation, founded in 2000, supports human rights and tolerance initiatives in the US and worldwide through programs and grant-making, with a focus on children and youth. The foundation has been hosting photo exhibitions on various global trouble spots and human rights crises at its International Center for Tolerance Education in Brooklyn.
ICTE invitation for the opening event. Click here to enlarge and print out.

Developed in cooperation with the Chechnya Advocacy Network, the Third Millennium Foundation's upcoming exhibition and event series will be dedicated to Chechnya and will feature the work of renowned photographers Heidi Bradner, Stanley Greene, Mikhail Galustov, James Hill and Thomas Dworzak. CAN's contribution included defining topics for panels and workshops, identifying speakers and facilitating the selection of guest activists from the North Caucasus, who will spend time for research and training at the International Center for Tolerance Education during the project.

In line with CAN's goal of reflecting the priorities of residents of Chechnya and the North Caucasus, the four expert panels or workshops will cover topics that are central to the lives of people in the region:

  • Public health
  • Human rights and war crimes
  • Grass-roots peacebuilding
  • Inter-ethnic tensions/discrimination

The panels will take place between October 2006 and February 2007, bringing together international and regional experts and activists to analyze the current situation and discuss ways forward. ICTE will also host a special event for international humanitarian and development organizations operating in the region, in which they will present their assessments of regional needs and how they plan to address them. A film screening in December will feature recent international and Chechen-made documentaries. Information materials from NGOS and think tanks will be available at the exhibition.

To ensure that this unprecedented effort will also have an immediate impact on the lives of those most in need, TMF and CAN have partnered with the International Committee for the Children of Chechnya, a small, US-based charity established in 1996 and now under the leadership of Chechen surgeon and author Dr. Khassan Baiev. The Committee provides financial support, equipment and training for medical facilities in Chechnya that care for and educate disabled children and young HIV/Aids victims. Visitors and audiences will be able to make donations at the exhibition site or online.

Please check our events site for up to date schedule information of expert panels, film screenings and other events surrounding the exhibition.


The Chechnya Advocacy Network was formed out of deep concern about the alarming situation in Chechnya and the plight of Chechen refugees all over the world. We strive to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict, particularly its human dimension, advocate for a more engaged international response and work to develop adequate responses to the humanitarian crisis. We are neither pro-Chechen nor pro-Russian, but supportive of solutions that promise the best possible outcome for the people of Chechnya and the North Caucasus. As an open, non-partisan initiative we welcome everyone who shares these goals with us.

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