September 21, 2009 Comments Off on Fasting Tamil political prisoners assaulted
At least 36 Tamil political prisoners who were part of a fast unto death hunger strike at the central jail in Welikada Colombo are alleged to have been severely assaulted by guards and jailers on early Friday, informed sources told TamilNet. 32 of the political prisoners who were being held in Cell Block G were transferred to the Block M, and some of them had sustained injuries in the episode, according to the sources. The detainees have been forced to stop their hunger strike.
April 2, 2009 Comments Off on SL shows opposition to ship taking aid to Tamils
The Guardian: Sri Lanka says British aid destined for Tamil civilians could be cover for weapons
Celebrities and politicians gather in London to publicise humanitarian voyage
Campaigners who have collected 400 tonnes of food and medical aid for the 150,000 Tamil civilians trapped by the fighting between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers have reacted angrily to claims from Colombo that the aid mission could be a cover for supplying weapons to the rebels.
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March 17, 2009 Comments Off on Humanitarian medical mission, to the Vanni conflict zone
March 11, 2009 Comments Off on The Wire interviews Mr. Paul O'Callaghan from ACFID
The Wire: Australia needs to step up peace efforts in Sri Lanka
Produced by Catherine Zengerer
At least 14 people have been killed in the latest wave of violence in Sri Lanka, when a Tamil suicide bomber blew himself up just south of the capital Colombo. About 70,000 people have died in the Sri Lankan war which has been raging for over two decades Paul O’Callaghan is the Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development and he thinks the Australian government is not doing enough to put an end to the conflict. He spoke to Catherine Zengerer.
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March 7, 2009 Comments Off on Over 1000 Tamils Rally in Melbourne
SBS TV News covers SL Conflict & Melbourne Rally
7 March 2009 – Over 1000 Tamils rally in Melbourne, Australia
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March 5, 2009 § 2 Comments
Hon. Ian Cohen, NSW Parliament, Member of Legislative Council and Greens Party delivered a speech in NSW Parliament on “Sri Lanka and Tamil Conflict”
“Too many lives have been lost, and each day we keep silent we allow more deaths to occur. It is important that the Government of Australia and the international community recognise that the targeting of a minority has been taking place for decades. What we see taking place today is but a culmination of successive attacks targeting the Tamils. It is important that the Government of Australia and the international community recognise the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people and acknowledge the legitimacy of their struggle for self-determination.”
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March 3, 2009 Comments Off on A 'veteran international aid worker' exposes SL
Peter Foster of the Telegraph, UK unveils a communication that he received from a veteran international aid worker, which exposes the true inconsideration of the Sri Lankan government and army towards the Tamil civilians.
“This attitude towards the UN and its humanitarian mission has very serious implications – not just for the suffering displaced people on the ground who need an effective aid-operation – but because it gives the world another reason not to take at face value the ‘good intentions’ of the Sri Lankan government… The fear – fuelled by the repeated attacks on the Sri Lankan media (most recently the Tamil newspaper editor N Vithyatharan), the refusal to tolerate dissent in Sri Lanka and the often chauvinist rhetoric of key figures in the Sri Lankan government, including the army chief Sarath Fonseka – is that the final settlement will be so discriminatory and demanding of subservience from the Tamil minority that it will amount to a piece of ethnic suppression/cleansing in all but name…Not even in Kosovo in 1998 (before NATO came in) were the Serbs so disrespectful of international UN staff as is the Sri Lankan Army.”