Message posted from Sumathi

February 1, 2009 Comments Off on Message posted from Sumathi

GOOD ON YOU ALL D !!!!!!
I wish you all the best in achieving 4 days of hunger strike. It takes a lot of strength and an optimistic mind to do something like this. We are all proud of you. All 9 youth have started awareness and I am positive that we will receive some good news from the government.

Please don’t take the comments made by some unintelligent, careless people into your mind. I want to see those people making this comment to stop eating for at least 2 days and see how difficult it must be for you all.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and I hope that you will continue to raise awareness of the genocide happening on Tamil people by the Sri Lankan government.

Current campaign has ended!

January 31, 2009 § 3 Comments

Dear All,

We the Australian Tamil Students have decided to end the ‘Fast Unto Action’ campaign, after having achieved what we had hoped to.

The Australian Government has not called for an ‘immediate ceasefire’, however balls have been set in motion, with many having helped in the background.

So thank you for all your support and well wishes. It has meant a lot. We understand there were about 2000  people at Martin Place last night. This amazing show of solidarity is in itself a great achievement. 

We will keep you posted on further developments, but you can be rest assured that we will continue to, with all our energy, put an end to the suffering of the people we love back home.

The Sri Lankan Government has ruled out a ceasefire , but we believe in the power of the people. And it can be achieved.

This blog site will continue for now as one that campaigns for ACTION.

Watch this space

– Australian Tamil Students

Letter 2 to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – Are u STILL NOT listening to us?

January 31, 2009 § 8 Comments

31 January 2009

The Prime Minister

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister Kevin Rudd,

We young Australian Tamils representing the Australian Tamil community started a political fast on Wednesday 28 January 2009 calling upon the Australian government to support calls for a cease-fire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government.

Today, we entered the fourth day of our fast in Sydney.

We appreciate our government’s press release issued yesterday highlighting the critical need to provide medical supplies and essential support to those affected in the conflict areas and urging both sides to ensure frequent delivery of humanitarian supplies.

We also appreciate our government considering additional humanitarian assistance to help alleviate the suffering of those in Northern Sri Lanka.

However, we still believe that an urgent and stronger call must go out for an immediate cease-fire. The bloodshed is increasing and we feel an end to this can only be achieved if all parties enter a negotiated settlement.

To date, several leading aid organisations and some governments have condemned the Sri Lankan government’s attacks on civilians and openly called for a cease-fire.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre [27/01/09]:
In an official statement said that his government condemned the ongoing war in Sri Lanka which has caused “unacceptable sufferings to the civilians,” in the country.

Former U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Fein [24/01/09]:
“There can be no difference of opinion over the fact that what is happening to Tamils in Sri Lanka is a clear-cut case of genocide.”

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier [22/01/09]:
“They have been completely cut off from international aid for more than 10 days…The most important thing now is to negotiate a ceasefire.”

We urge you to treat this with the utmost priority. There are many members of the Australian Tamil community who are directly and deeply affected by the continuing violence in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

We represent them; the hurting Australian Tamils who are losing hope every day.

You represent us; the Australian people who love humanity and support peace.

Please speak up for us.

Regards,

Participants,
Fast unto Action Campaign
Australian Tamil Students, NSW

Web-blog of protest – http://fastuntoaction.wordpress.com/

Phone: Mr Myuran Elango – 0411290413; Dr Sam Pari – 0433428967

Start of Day 4 Petition has over 6200 signatures

January 31, 2009 § 3 Comments

********** 620o signatures collected ***********

We will be organising an online petition tonight

Press Release Day 4

January 31, 2009 § 4 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on 31 January 2009 – http://fastuntoaction.wordpress.com/

 

HUNGER STRIKE ENTERS DAY FOUR –

Protest continues against Sri Lankan Genocide

 

A hunger strike calling on the Australian government to condemn the attacks on civilian populations and support calls for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka today reaches a critical day four.

 

The young Tamil Australian protestors, stating they will continue to fast until the Australian Government responds to their requests, are determined to push on despite desperate pleas from concerned family and community members.

 

Last night alone, over a 1000 supporters and well-wishers gathered at Martin Place, Sydney to join in requesting the Australian Federal Government to acknowledge the unfolding humanitarian crisis, amidst intensified bombing by the Sri Lankan government forces on territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

 

“Why won’t the Australian government do something? Can’t they see my child suffering?” asked the mother of one of the participants.

 

“My family is concerned for my health, but I am here to represent the hundreds of thousands of Tamils stuck in the conflict zones. No one seems to care about their welfare,” said Kanna Manoharan. “I hope Mr Rudd hears our appeal and recognises our hunger for a ceasefire,” he added.

 

” I read Mr Stephen Smith’s press release yesterday, but he has not said anything different to what he has said before,” said Arunn Waran, a 19 year-old student enduring the hunger strike. “A strong message of an immediate need for a cease-fire should be sent to the Sri Lankan government in order to end this bloodshed,” he added.

 

SBS radio and television, 2UE radio, Associated Press, Sydney Morning Herald and ABC have been just a few of the media outlets that have paid visit to the strike to interview participants and supporters.

 

Organised by the Australian Tamil Students (ATS), a national coalition of tertiary students, the protest, which aimed to bring light to the intolerable silence and lack of international condemnation to the unfolding genocide in Sri Lanka, initially started at Martin Place, Sydney but has had to be moved indoors for logistical reasons and health concerns of the participants.

 

The campaign started only days after the Sri Lankan military is said to have killed 300 Tamil civilians in an agreed “safety zone”, where government ministers had earlier instructed people to take shelter, promising safe refuge.

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says a quarter of a million are trapped within 250 sq km of intense combat with virtually NO medical care available:

“Hospitals and ambulances have been hit by shelling and several aid workers have been injured while evacuating the wounded. The violence is preventing the International Committee of the Red Cross from operating in the region,” said ICRC’s Jacques de Maio, further adding that they did not receive security clearance to evacuate 200 critically wounded people, who now face certain death.

 

The United Nations has also expressed deep concerns: “The lack of access for independent monitors, humanitarian workers and the media only adds to concerns that the situation may be even worse than we realise.” – Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Web-blog of protest – http://fastuntoaction.wordpress.com/

 

Youth have moved to Durgai Aman Hindu Temple near Lidcombe

January 31, 2009 § 3 Comments

Please go and show your support. They are now on their 4th day and are refusing to stop.

SMH : Sydney support for Sri Lanka hunger strike

January 31, 2009 Comments Off on SMH : Sydney support for Sri Lanka hunger strike

Sydney support for Sri Lanka hunger strike

  • Peter Hawkins
    January 31, 2009 – 12:36AM

About 1000 people gathered at Martin Place in the city last night to show their support for the hunger strike aimed at raising awareness for the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka.

Men, women and children of Sri Lankan background from across Sydney stood around the nine hunger strike participants for the final hours of their two-and-a-half day protest.

One of five fasting men, Arunn Warren, said the purpose of the protest was to raise awareness of the fighting between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamils.

“We (want) the Australian Government to call for an immediate cease fire,” said the 19-year-old from Greenacre in Sydney south west.

“We’ve exhausted all other avenues and lobbied politicians. What happened two days ago when the safety zone was bombed was unacceptable. 300 people died on the spot and 1000 were injured. I have no idea whether my family and friends are alive.”

The United Nations evacuated hundreds of severely wounded civilians from behind rebel lines in Sri Lanka on Thursday as government troops fought to secure final victory over the Tamil Tigers, AFP reported on Friday.

Human rights bodies have called for immediate steps by both the Colombo government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to save up to 250,000 civilians trapped in the combat zone in the northeast of the island.

UN human rights chief Nai Pillay expressed her alarm.

“It seems there may have been very grave breaches of human rights by both sides in the conflict, and it is imperative that we find out more about what exactly has been going on,” she told AFP, referring to reports that people had been prevented from fleeing or detained in special centres.

In Sydney on Friday night, Mr Warren said he had been living off water for the previous 58 hours.

The hunger strike began at midday on Wednesday and finished at midnight last night.

“Our bodies are really weak right now, I can’t describe how I’m feeling.”

Another one of the Tamil protesters was 25-year-old Sriharan Manogharan from Strathfied.

“I’m tired, but I’m pumped after seeing so much support from the Tamil community,” Mr Manogharan said.

One of the many Tamils in Martin Place was Breamini Maniraj, 25 from Seven Hills, who had come after work to see the demonstration for a second time.

“We’ve got to get Australia to do something about what’s happening,” she said.

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