International Day of Protest

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

Forum on Sri Lanka, Melbourne

October 17, 2009 Comments Off on Forum on Sri Lanka, Melbourne

Tamils Together in Communal Hope

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 .

-Thanking you-

Yours Sincerely
Australian Tamils Inter-Faith Committee(ATIC)

Media coverage of Tamil rallies in Sydney + Melbourne

April 8, 2009 § 1 Comment

Sydney Morning Herald: CBD blocked by Tamil protest [watch from source]

SBS World News: Tamils protest in Melbourne [watch from source]

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



Sri Lankan protesters attack Tamils in Melbourne

April 5, 2009 § 2 Comments


Photographs of the attacks

SBS World News Coverage:

The Age : Rally turns violent

SBS : Protesters gather in Melbourne

Below is a post that appeared on a Sri Lankan news website – the last line of the first paragraph

Over 1000 Tamils Rally in Melbourne

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


Tamils Merge onto Parliament Steps

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Archbishop of Melbourne speaks on SL human rights abuses

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.

A shout out to the Tamil youth

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.

Media covers SL refusal of ceasefire + Canberra Protest

February 5, 2009 Comments Off on Media covers SL refusal of ceasefire + Canberra Protest

SBS covers Sri Lanka’s refusal of an international call for a ceasefire and the protest which took place in Canberra today.
Over 2000 participants attended.

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Canberra Times

Australia Network News

February 4, 2009 Comments Off on Australia Network News

Dramatic Footage of the conflict in northern Sri Lanka emerges as civilians appeal for help through the internet.

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