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.
May 30, 2009 Comments Off on Non-Tamil British ex-aid worker on hunger strike in UK
Tim Martin Interview and the Tamils, London – pictures.
Mr Time Martin is a former aid worker who has lived and worked in rebel-held Northern Sri Lanka. He is currently on hunger strike in Parliament Square while at the same time trying to appeal to the Americans at the US Embassy in London.
Read more here.
Tim Martin, a former aid worker and the Campaign Director of Act Now, is on an indefinite hunger strike outside Parliament, London since Monday 18th May. Tim is calling upon US President Obama to intervene in the crisis in Sri Lanka and has presented a clear list of demands to protect the civilian population from further devastation. Tim’s full letter to the American president was delivered to the American Embassy on the first day of his hunger strike.
Please send the following letter which repeats Tim’s demands as per the instructions below. Please do this now as time is of the essence
to save the Tamil people. Also forward it to others around the world.
May 4, 2009 § 1 Comment
Three weeks ago, disheartened by the lack of response of the Australian government to try save hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians being persecuted by the Sri Lankan state, Sutha embarked on a hunger strike.
On the seventh day, the Australian government gave him assurances that they would act and believing those promises would be met he ceased his hunger strike.
On 3 May 2009, after waiting for more than a fortnight and seeing no concrete action by the Australian government, Sutha has recommenced his hunger strike.
As the Australian government continues to keep silent, the Government of Sri Lanka continues to bomb Tamil civilian areas, including hospitals.
Sutha will continue his hunger strike until there is constructive action taken by the Government of Australia.
April 25, 2009 Comments Off on BBC : The end of the civil war in Sri Lanka?
April 14, 2009 § 1 Comment
The Australian : Tamil protesters take their message to Kevin Rudd
April 11, 2009 § 3 Comments
In the first three months of this year alone, over 3500 Tamil civilians have been killed and over 12,000 Tamil causalities resulted due to the Government of Sri Lanka’s bombing of hospitals and civilian targets both inside and outside its self declared safe zone. There is evidence of the Sri Lankan Army’s use of cluster bombs, white phosphorous and chemical weapons in these attacks. They have also banned medicine, aid and food from entering the conflict zone, effectively using starvation as a weapon of war. These breach international law and are war crimes.
Three young Tamil Australians are to embark on a hunger strike at 5pm on Saturday 11 April 2009 in Sydney.
They have four demands which they want met through the actions of the Government of Australia, which has the ability to use its diplomatic powers to push the Government of Sri Lanka:
1. to enter an immediate ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;
2. to immediately allow food, medicine and aid into the conflict zone;
3. to allow vital services, including medical services into the conflict zone;
4. and the international community to allow the Tamil people, both in the conflict zone and those indefinitely detained in concentration camps in government-held areas, to decide independently where they wish to reside.