January 17, 2010 Comments Off on International Day of Protest
International Day of Protest
To mark 100 days since Kevin Rudd’s phone call had the Merak Tamil asylum seekers intercepted and returned to Indonesia. We join protests action in Canada, New Zealand, to tell Kevin Rudd and the Australian government:
No Indonesian solution, Bring the Merak asylum seekers to Australia.
No-offshore processing. Full rights for all asylum seekers. Close Christmas Island
Date: Monday 18 January
In Australia –
SYDNEY: 12.30-1.30pm, Kevin Rudd’s Sydney Office, 70 Phillip St, Sydney (between Bent and Bridge Streets, closest train stations are Circular Quay or Circular Quay)
NEWCASTLE: 4:30pm. At the Clock Tower, Beaumont St, Hamilton
MELBOURNE: 5.30pm, State Library (Corner Swanston and LaTrobe Streets)
PERTH: 12.30pm, Office of the Immigration Minister Chris Evans, 51 Ord Street, West Perth
Around the globe –
New Zealand, Auckland. 4:00 PM. Australian Consulate, 186-194 Quay St, Auckland
Canada, Toronto: 11am – 2pm. Australian Consulate, 175 Bloor Street, East Toronto
UK, London: 4:00 PM. The Australian High Commission, Strand, London WC2B 4LA
USA: Email and postcard campaign
Malaysia: Email and postcard campaign
For more information contact Ian 0417 275 713
October 17, 2009 Comments Off on Forum on Sri Lanka, Melbourne
July 16, 2009 Comments Off on Tamils Together in Communal Hope
“Tamils Together in Communal Hope”
The Australian Tamils Interfaith Committee, a group of concerned Australian Tamils of different religious allegiances, cordially invites you to join us for a multi faith meeting of prayers for hope, justice and unity for the Tamils of Sri Lanka.
Date: Saturday 25th July 2009
Time: From 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cnr Gisborne Street & Cathedral Place, East Melbourne
The situation in Sri Lanka after the massive military onslaught in May 2009 has left the Tamil community in despair and utmost grief. It has been reported that during the last few days of the onslaught, more than 30,000 civilians were killed. Several thousand continue to be traumatised as they seek to survive incarceration, starvation, thirst, homelessness, lack of basic medicines and, more importantly, loss of dignity and self-esteem and deprivation of justice.
We hope the prayers for healing and restoring faith will help salvage the grief stricken families towards communal Hope and Unity. We kindly request you to empathise and walk with us during this dark period in the history of the Tamils in Sri Lanka .
Australian Tamils Inter-Faith Committee(ATIC)
April 8, 2009 § 1 Comment
ABC Radio Australia: Sri Lankan Tamil’s Melbourne protest
Sydney Morning Herald: Protest closes CBD block in rush hour
SBS Photo Gallery: Tamil protests
NineMSN: Tamils rally in Sydney over rebel deaths
Macquarie National News: Protest causes Sydney CBD peak hour chaos
ABC News: Tamil supporters stage protest in Melbourne CBD
Brisbane Times: Tamils rally in Sydney over rebel deaths
April 5, 2009 § 2 Comments
SBS World News Coverage:
The Age : Rally turns violent
Below is a post that appeared on a Sri Lankan news website – http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/3/41640_space.html – read the last line of the first paragraph
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
Click here for more pictures
February 13, 2009 § 1 Comment
Source: The Melbourne Anglican, February 2009 edition, page 12
Archbishop calls for action on reported human rights abuses in Sri Lanka
A DISTURBING escalation of violence in Sri Lanka has gone unreported in Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier said last month.
“Government military forces have been closing in on Tamil strongholds in Sri Lanka’s north. I have received reports from the Vanni region that the area has been coming under heavy bombardment, and that thousands of innocent civilians are being killed, injured or made homeless:’ Dr Freier said.
“If these reports are true, then the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of grave human rights abuses, and should be universally condemned” he said.
“According to BBC reports the Government is not allowing independent journalists into the conflict zone, so that information from both sides cannot be verified.
“I therefore call on the Federal Government and the UN to do whatever is in their power to bring pressure to bear on the Sri Lankan Government to allow Independent observers and journalists access to the conflict zone. If the reports are false, then the Sri Lankan Government has nothing to fear:’ he said.
February 5, 2009 § 1 Comment
We know many of you have thrown your heart and energy over the past few weeks to bring awareness to what is going on back home and to try to end the pain and suffering of our brothers, sisters, friends and family.
If you read the transcripts of what was discussed in parliament today, as posted on the blog, you will see that your ‘Fast Unto Action’ campaign last week, has not been unnoticed by the Australian Government. Importantly it has also brought the Tamil community together. Yesterday more than 5000 Tamils gathered at Martin Place. This is the first time in a very long time, Tamils have shown such solidarity.
Many of you have not had a proper nights sleep for days. Your compassion, commitment and drive is very admirable.
Thank you for being our voice and strength.
As Tamils we have much to be proud of – our land, our culture, our struggle for self-determination and our youth.
You guys know who you are – thank you.
February 5, 2009 Comments Off on Media covers SL refusal of ceasefire + Canberra Protest