Sri Lankan Crisis Statement I

Despite international calls for a cease-fire, the conflict in Sri Lanka continues to escalate.

The district health official in the conflict zone has stated that 40-50 Tamil civilians are dying each day. Most recently the Sri Lankan government issued orders to doctors and other health staff to leave the conflict area immediately.

In an attempt to put an urgent stop to the humanitarian catastrophe, a group of young Tamil Australians have written a ‘Sri Lankan Crisis Statement’ for the wider Australian community to sign.

From 9 March 2009 we will take it to the media and the Australian government to raise our concern for this largely unreported war.

If you want to sign this statement, please leave your details as a comment on this page or via email to fastuntoaction@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

****** STATEMENT ******

We are Australian citizens who share a deep concern about the escalating civilian crisis in Sri Lanka.

We call on the Australian government to demand the Sri Lankan authorities and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam declare an immediate ceasefire.

We are deeply concerned about the lack of medical staff and aid agencies serving the estimated 250,000 civilians trapped in the conflict zone.

In September 2008, the Sri Lankan government evicted United Nations and international aid agencies from these areas. While the local Red Cross is still operating within the conflict area, their presence is threatened by the ongoing conflict.

The departure of international witnesses within the conflict area will remove accountability for all parties to the conflict.

The Sri Lankan government has also issued orders to doctors and other health staff to leave the conflict area immediately.

We demand the Sri Lankan government allow international monitoring and medical and aid agencies unrestricted access to the conflict zones immediately.

In direct violation of the Geneva Convention, civilian hospitals in the conflict zones have repeatedly come under aerial bombing and shelling. Furthermore, on 2 February 2009 the Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse stated that everything outside a government declared safety-zone is a military target and no exception will be given to medical facilities. We urge the Australian government to demand the Sri Lankan government stop the aerial bombing of hospitals and both parties cease placing civilians in direct cross fire in all areas.

Foreign and domestic media have been banned from entering the conflict zones since January 2008, when the government unilaterally withdrew from a cease-fire and commenced its military offensive. Without independent reporting, it is impossible to separate fact from propaganda by all parties to the conflict.

We call on the Australian government to pressure Sri Lankan officials to permit independent journalists unrestricted access to the conflict zones.

Furthermore, we recognise that the Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

We acknowledge that all people, including the Tamils, have the right to self-determination and must freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

We acknowledge that a military solution to this conflict will not bring lasting peace to Sri Lanka. With the intention of ensuring long-term peace, we call on the Australian government to lead political negotiations that recognise the legitimate aspirations and protects the human rights of all Sri Lankans.

Signatories include:

  • Mr. Julian Burnside AO QC, Australian Barrister, Human Rights and Refugee advocate and author, Victoria
  • Mr. John Pilger, renowned Australian journalist, author and documentary filmmaker
  • Emeritus Prof. Stuart Rees, Director, Sydney Peace Foundation, University of Sydney, NSW, Order of Australia
  • Prof. Wendy Bacon, Professor of Journalism, University of Technology, NSW
  • Prof. Chris Nash, Professor of Journalism, Monash University, Victoria
  • Associate Prof. Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Prof. Damien Kingsbury, Associate Professor, Deakin University, Victoria
  • Emeritus Prof. Ivan Shearer AM, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Rev. Gregor Henderson, President of Uniting Church in Australia
  • Hon. Ian Cohen, Member of the Legislative Council, NSW
  • Hon. Lee Rhiannon, Member of the Legislative Council, NSW
  • Hon. John Kaye, Member of the Legislative Council, NSW
  • Hon. Colleen Hartland, Member of the Legislative Council, Victoria
  • Hon. Mike Reynolds AM MP, Member for Townsville, Queensland
  • Mr. Andrew Bartlett, BSocWk BA, former Senator for Queensland
  • Mr. Lionel Bopage, Social Justice Activist and former General Secretary of Sri Lanka’s JVP, Victoria
  • Dr. Susan Harris Rimmer, President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, ACT
  • Prof. Andrea Durbach, Associate Professor and Director of Australasian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, NSW
  • Mr. Jeff Loewenstein, Barrister, Victoria
  • Dr. Peter Slezak, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of New South Wales, NSW
  • Mr. Antony Loewenstein, Independent Journalist and Author, NSW
  • Prof. John Whitehall, Paediatrician, Queensland
  • Prof. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Assistant Professor, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania, Tasmania
  • Mr. Chris Riseley, Project Manager, Australian Volunteers International, Victoria
  • Mr. Paul Benedek, State Convenor of Socialist Alliance in Queensland and Member of the newly formed ‘Tamil Justice Brisbane’, Queensland
  • Mr. Peter Boyle, National Secretary, Democratic Socialist Perspective, NSW
  • Ms. Sue Bolton, Convenor, Socialist Alliance, Victoria
  • Ms. Pip Hinman, Socialist Alliance anti-war coordinator, NSW
  • Mr. Timothy Dobson, National Executive, Resistance, NSW
  • Mr. Mal Jago, Community News Site ‘streetcorner.com.au’, NSW
  • Mr. Alex Bainbridge, Socialist Alliance, WA
  • Ms. Rihab Charida, Palestinian activist, Freelance journalist (incl. Press TV), NSW
  • Mr. Larry Marshall, Project Officer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe Univesity, Victoria
  • Dr. Ken Macnab, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Ms. Annie Herro, Pricipal Researcher, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Dr. George Myconos, Research Fellow, La Trobe University, Victoria
  • Dr. Gareth Beal, Associate Lecturer, Creative Writing, Macquarie University, NSW
  • Prof. Roger Packham, Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney, NSW
  • Rev. Dr. Antony Floyd, Minister of Religion – Uniting Church in Australia, Victoria
  • Ms. Rebecca Hinchey, Professional, Public Relations, STARTTS, NSW
  • Mr. Kevin Rennie, Retired Teacher, Unionist and Australian Labor Party member since 1972, laborview.blogspot.com, Victoria
  • Fr Claude Mostowik, President, Pax Christi, Australia
  • Mr. David Feith, Tertiary Education Lecturer, Victoria
  • Ms. Karen Coffield, Maternal & Child Health Nurse, Victoria
  • Dr. Bea Bleile, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of New England, NSW
  • Dr. Helen Kerr, General Practitioner and Addiction Physician, Brisbane, Queensland

Australian Groups supportive of the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement include:

  • The New Internationalist Magazine Co-op, SA

Non-Australians supportive of the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement include:

  • Ms. Karen Parker, JD, Specialist in Humanitarian Law and NGO Rep. UN
  • Mr. Doug Bandow, former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Virginia, USA
  • Mr. Siritunga Jayasuriya, Ex-Sri Lankan Presidential Candidate, Leader of the United Socialist Party and Trade Unionist, Sri Lanka
  • Prof. Dr. Seemampillai Joseph Emmanuel, President, International Federation of Tamils, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Prof. Peter Schalk, Professor in History of Religions, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Mr. Michael Otterman, Visiting Scholar, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, NSW and author of ‘American Torture’
  • Prof. John Neelsen, Department of Sociology, Tuebingen University, Germany
  • Dr. Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Reader, University Passau, Germany
  • Dr. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam. Ph.D, retired Prof in Agriculture and Education Olympian, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956, Humanitarian work in agriculture, education and sports in the NorthEast. Los Angeles, California, USA

Click here for complete list of signatories to the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement Version I.

§ 147 Responses to Sri Lankan Crisis Statement I

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  • Jude Prakash says:

    Hi
    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement

    Jude Prakash
    Chartered Accountant, Melbounre

    Thanks

  • Dave Riley says:

    I suggest you also publish the statement on a petitions site like — http://www.gopetition.com/ and promote the url. We’ll print off copies for circulation on stalls and seek other signatories.

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  • Jeff LOEWENSTEIN says:

    Please add my name as a supporter of the Statement. This wanton barbaric carnage must stop – as also the world averting its gaze.

  • renniek says:

    The people of Sri Lanka continue to suffer and be ignored by the international community. We respond to natural disasters like the tsunami but do not seem to care about the plight of the Tamils.

    Kevin Rennie

  • Jake Lynch says:

    Hi – I would like to be a signatory to this statement.
    Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

  • sudha Puthrasigamani says:

    Hi
    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement

    Sudha Puthrasigamani
    IT Manager, Sydney

  • Ramanan Tilakaratnam says:

    Hi
    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement

    Ramanan Tilakaratnam
    Software Engineer. Sydney

  • Jena M says:

    Hi I would like to be a signatory to this statement.

    Jena M
    Banker

  • Sivas Sivaskanthan says:

    Hi – I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

    Sivas Sivaskanthan
    Software Consultant, Melbourne

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  • Abtin Mahdavi says:

    I would like to be signatory to the above statement.

  • Bhakthi Puvanenthira says:

    I would like to be a signatory to be above statement.

    Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

  • Siva Sivakumaran says:

    Hi – I would like to be a signatory to the above statement

    Siva Sivakumaran
    Accountant (CPA)

  • Mahesan Aravindan says:

    I like to support this good cause.

  • P.S.Paramatheva says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

    “May almighty god save our people”

    P.S.Paramatheva
    (Thunnaiyooran)
    Sydney

  • sinnasamy says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

  • Nat says:

    need ceasefire and immediate solution.

  • Nat says:

    need urgent solution for tamils.

  • Lal Samuel says:

    Please ask the Sri Lankan government to stop bombing and killing those innocent Tamil people including the kids. It’s so unfair the kids been killed for no fault and please press the government to have a ceasefire immediately until the innocent people to move into a safe zone. Please talk for those people who don’t have anyone to support in this world, they are living a life worst than animals and treated like animals by the Sri Lankan army.

  • Paul Benedek says:

    I would like to sign on to the statement, as the state convenor of Socialist Alliance in Queensland, and also a member of the newly formed “Tamil Justice Brisbane”.
    I have also spoken to Dr Brian Senewiratne who would like to add his name to the statement also. Thanks and solidarity wishes, Paul

  • P.A.Subramaniam says:

    Efforts like this should multiply. While some positive outcome can be expected, at least it raises the awareness of the tragedy faced by Tamils in Eelam.
    P.A.Subramaniam,
    Retired Engineer,
    Perth, WA 6150

  • I support this statement. Justice for the people of Tamil Eelam!!

  • Piratheep Sivanantha says:

    Pls stop taking others life in the name of terrorism. Call immediate ceasefire and send medical and food supplies along with the international monitoring.

    Piratheep Sivanantham, Tech Support Associate

  • uma rajeswaran says:

    I would like to be a signatory to this statement

  • Kannan Vinasithamby says:

    Please add my name as a supporter of the Statement. UN should act promptly to avoid the human catastrophe in SL. Unlike in Darfur, East Timor UN should not make the same mistake again on Sri Lankan issue.

  • Sathees Kathir says:

    Please include me as a signatory for this timely humanitrian effort.
    Mr.Sathees Kathir,
    Tax consultant,
    Perth WA 6102

  • Naren Selvendran says:

    I would like to be a signatory.

  • Mr Larry Marshall says:

    The international Community must turn its eyes to the death and suffering in Sri Lanka. Even in war there are conventions to protect innocent civilians and both sides have to respect this. Australia can play a very constuructive role in brokering a just peace for the Tamil Citizens of Sri Lanka.

  • Rev. John Jegasothy says:

    I would like to be a signatory. Genocide should stop immediately and IDPs and injured should be taken to safety and medical treatment given without delay. Tamils should live with dignity, Tamil people must be resettled in their own villages and international human rights and justice should be upheld urgently.

  • Appadurai Thiyakesan says:

    Need ceasefire and UN supported solution but now shame to UN as it treats tamils are not human being

  • James Russo says:

    I would like to be a signatory to be above statement.

  • S.Vahkisvaran says:

    It’s a pity that when the world around gives some beneficial advice, people do not spare a moment to think it over.

  • S Kanagaratnam says:

    Killing of innocent people should stop immediately

  • S Kanagaratnam says:

    Killing of innocent people must be stopped immediately

  • Shanthan Daniel says:

    Is the world waiting to see the wipe out of the north and east population to say “RIP amen”.At least Howard had the guts to save the East Temoris.

  • Mr. Arjunan Ethirveerasingam, London, UK

  • Lionel Bopage says:

    I have stressed elsewhere that these civilians trapped in the war zone should not be allowed to become collateral damage. They are human beings and our response has to be a humanitarian one. For how well or badly they are treated will determine their response to the vision of an inclusive pluralist Sri Lanka.

  • Priyanka Thevarajah says:

    how disgusting that in the 21st century genocide is rampant and the world sits back and does nothing to stop it..

  • Raaju Parames says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

    Thank you.

    Raaju

  • Raaju Parames says:

    Please stop it before it becomes another Holocaust.

  • Ashwini Gowryshankar says:

    Killing of innocent people must be stopped immediately

  • M. Luksi says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

  • M. Lukshi says:

    Miss. Lukshi Mahen, Student, NSW, Australia

  • Radhakrishnan Storer says:

    The president of Srilanka has established two concentration camps to show that he is caring for the war victims. Instead, he is killing these innocent victims. Every young girl in these concentration camps are raped and young boys were killed on daily basis. Every person who visited recently will know this. All the journalists who attempted to publish this were either murdered or requested to keep quite by the government authority. The daily news & other papers published in Srilanka are all has to go through strict scrutiny of the Government before published. All the foreign TV comes on free to Air are paused on news time. With of all these happening, our Australian Government giving four million dollars as aid to the Sri lankan Government for saving these people in the concentration camp. I am telling you all that nothing of this money will reach these poor victims instead it goes to the development of two new houses of Gothabaya. Rajapaksa ( Brother of the President ) – (One is the Old Australian High commission & other is the house in the inner flower in Colombo ) . I humbly request the Australian Government to be cautioned of this Aid. Please make sure that this aid has to be provided directly to these victims. A close surveillance has to be established by the Australian High commission. This expenditure has to be audited and has to be conditioned. The Australian Government must request the Sri lankan Government to stop this vulgar and dirty killing.

  • Vishnu Sasisekaran says:

    The most disgraceful part of this whole issue is the fact that the mainstream media continue to report all sorts of nonsense, while a whole people are being systematically wiped out.

    I’d also like to be a signatory for the above statement.

    Mr Vishnu Sasisekaran, Student at the University of NSW, NSW, Australia

  • Ayelavan Nimalendran says:

    I would like to be a signatory to be above statement.

    Ayelavan Nimalendran

  • T.Pathmanathan JP says:

    Sri Lankan state programmed genocide of the Eelam Tamils at its peak and the whole world is watching another Ruwanda in full steam action only to cry about after the final assault. Will the international community, please open up your hearts without waiting for 1000s of innocent civilians massacred by the brutes with the help of some of the big powers.
    T.Pathmanathan JP (NSW)
    retired chartered accountant and businessman

  • Elango says:

    Sri Lanka government stop this genocide. Sri Lankan Tamils too are human beings and citizens of Sri Lanka. Cease-fire and save their lives.

  • Priya Srikantharajah says:

    Hi
    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

    Miss Priya Srikantharajah, Chemical Engineer, Victoria

  • Mariyam Thurairajah says:

    Sri Lankan government stop this genocide now, as many innocent lives are being lost.

  • Kankean Kandasamy says:

    I support the above statement.

    Mr Kankean Kandasamy, Student, NSW

  • Vivitha Baheerathan says:

    I would like to be a signatory to be above statement

  • Srirangan Giritharan says:

    Mr Srirangan Giritharan, Mechanical Engineering Student, Melbourne, Vic

  • Hariish says:

    Free Tamil Eelam.

  • Harold Thompson says:

    I am not Tamil nor Sinhalase, but all I now is that a couple of my friends have been keeping me updated with this struggle, and I have learnt that the SRi Lankan government’s 25+ years of lies, genocide, rape, torture, abductions, extra judical killings, and many more things must be stopped before the Tamil population goes extinct in Tamil Eelam.

    Free Tamil Eelam. AS for the Tamils dying, please hang in there, inorder to achieve Eelam we have to hang in there as the final stages of Eelam are on the horizon.

    RIP for the freedom fighters and for the innocent Tamil killed by the SRi Lankan terror squad.

  • Delon says:

    I am the infamous Sri Lankan rapper who brought down M.I.A’s records worldwide, as much as I loved doing that in the past, I regret that soo much. Sorry my fellow and future Tamil Eelam citizens.

    My government is corrupt, and I got caught up in their misleading news,and propaganda.

    For all those sinhalase who still think that Mahinda can win the war, understand that with just a single attack by the Tigers in Colombo the entire country went on a Black out, and when the Tigers start, trust me this war is not going to look good at all.

  • Maha says:

    I think it looks ok. almost all real facts are mentioned.

  • Vaheesan Thangarajah says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

  • Krishanthy Thayalan says:

    I’ll sign the signatory !

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  • Subanu Maheswaran says:

    I would like to support this cause

    Miss Subanu Maheswaran
    Engineering student
    Melbourne, Australia

  • MrJakulan Yogeswaran says:

    Oppression and genocide can not be seen as humanity in any context, the world must condemn such atrocities.

    We as humans must help find a solution for the Tamil people.

  • siobhan hall says:

    Miss Siobhan Hall,
    Student: Bachelor of Business
    Seven Hills, Australia

  • siobhan hall says:

    i would like to support this statement

    Miss Siobhan Hall,
    Student: Bachelor of Business
    Seven Hills, Australia

  • Arivu maha says:

    I support the above statement.

  • jeevindran says:

    free tamil right now
    from tamils in malaysia

  • daniel says:

    MR Daniel Ganeshan Student Victoria

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  • daniel says:

    I would like to be a signatory for the above statement

    MR Daniel Ganeshan,
    Student, High School
    Knoxfield, Vicotoria

  • Prashanthan Balendra says:

    i would like to be a signatory for the the above statement.

    Management Accountant Melbourne

  • John Chrysostom says:

    i would like to support the above statement.

    Mr. John Chrysostom
    Aeronautical Engineer
    VIC

  • siva says:

    We need separate Tamil homeland to live in peace. There is no other solution apart from death.

  • Prasanna Ratnakantha says:

    I would like to be a signatory for the above statement.

    MR Prasanna RATNAKANTHAN
    Student (Diagnostic Medical Imaging)
    Melbourne, Victoria

  • Muthu R says:

    I don’t know what UN is doing?
    Sri lanka Government is killing innocent people, it is nothing but official and organized terrorism in the name of fighting terrorism.
    I wonder why the whole world is simply silent, watching this bloody war?

    I’m proud to sign this statement.

    Thank you very much for what you are doing.

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  • sivarupan says:

    genoside against Tamil people by Sri Lankan goverment must stop

  • patrick thamba says:

    Now that the UN agency has officially declared that Sri lankan president is guilty of culpable genocide crime and the EU statement too is near enough somebody has to moot action for rajapakse & co be tried in Hague.
    the world need not wait until another Ruwanda to be completed.

  • Donna Vaughan says:

    I am a PhD student and university tutor in development studies. The situation in Sri Lanka and elsewhere is a sad reflection on the complete failure of the international community to apply its own philosophy of responsibility to protect. Words are not enough.

  • Natayah Carr says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

  • NI Co-op says:

    Please add us as a signatory

    The New Internationalist
    Magazine Co-op
    SA Australia

  • Liam McKibbin says:

    Please add me as a signatory.

  • Andrew Boerma says:

    Hi

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement

    Andrew Boerma
    Full Time Student, UNSW College of Fine Arts.

    All the best and thank you for organising such an important statement.

  • Ben Archibald-Heeren says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement.

  • Levi Newell says:

    Please add me as a signatory.

  • Fr Claude Mostowik says:

    President, Pax Christi Australia

  • Jaden Harris says:

    Please add my signature, thanks.

  • Phil Dean says:

    Please add me as a signatory
    Mr Phillip Dean,
    Finance Student
    University of Newcastle
    NSW, Australia

  • Kumuthan says:

    I support this.
    News and info on Sri Lanka & Tamils at

    TamilNet.com

    TamilNation.org

    http://www.tamilnation.org/indictment/warcrimes/index.htm

  • Mrs Susan Jackson says:

    Please add me as a signatory.
    In the Victorian bushfires we lost 300+ Australian lives and the whole world responded to the tragedy. The Tamils lose tgis many lives every week. Why is no one responding to the Tamil tragedy?
    Mrs Susan Jackson, Pharmacist, NSW, Australia.

  • Lal Samuel says:

    I call on the Australian government to demand the Sri Lankan authorities and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam declare an immediate ceasefire. I personally wanted the fighting should be stopped immediately because each day passes by 40 to 50 people including children are dying and please please help these helpless. I also deeply concerned about the lack of food, medical staff and aid agencies serving the estimated 250,000 civilians trapped in the conflict zone.

  • tamil says:

    visit http://puligal.blogspot.com/

    the author gives proof of sri lanka fake propaganda.

  • Srinivasn Sooriyakanthan says:

    Please add me as a signatory

  • Dr G Pranavan, Canberra, Australia says:

    The whole world knows what is happening to the Tamils in Sri lanka, every day hundreds of innocent Tamils are killed by the SL armed forces. It is extremely sad that the world media and the international community have totally ignored our plight and suffering. Is it because we do not have the oil or is it because everyone had been bribed by the Rajapakse government? I hope atleast now Mr Rudd and the Australian government would take positive steps (rather than mere statements) to stop this genocide and call upon SL goverment for a permanent ceasefire.

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  • Mahen says:

    Please add me as a signatory
    Mahen
    Bangalore
    South India
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  • Jeremy Smith says:

    I wish to be noted as a signatory

    Dr Jeremy Smith
    Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences
    University of Ballarat

  • Helen Kerr says:

    I wish to be a signatory to this statement.

    Dr Helen Kerr
    General Practitioner and Addiction Physician
    Brisbane, Queensland

  • Pip Hinman says:

    Please add me as a signatory.
    Pip Hinman
    Socialist Alliance anti-war coordinator
    http://www.socialist-alliance.org

  • Please add me as a signatory
    Ms Cathryn McCormack, Academic Developer, University of New England, NSW, Australia

  • Dr Louise Noble says:

    I wish to add my voice to an appeal to the Australian Government to take a strong role in the Sri Lankan crisis.

    Dr Louise Noble
    Lecturer in English
    University of New England

  • Kiraz Janicke says:

    Please add me as a signatory
    Kiraz Janicke
    Socialist Alliance, Parramatta

  • Please add the names
    Stuart Munckton & Emma Murphy,
    Green Left Weekly co-editors.

  • Tim Kojevnikov says:

    Please add me as a signatory
    Mr. Tim Kojevnikov
    Student
    NMIT Preston
    Victoria
    Australia

  • Paul Burns says:

    I support this cause.

  • luke weyland says:

    Immediate Cease fire required Now
    Australia must call for an immediate cease fire
    Australia must welcome all who flee from the fighting a refugees.

  • James Rose says:

    James Rose
    Gay and Lesbian Rights Activist.
    Thirroul N.S.W

  • Vasuki Guna says:

    Ms Vasuki Gunasingam. Student. NSW. Australia

  • Luxy Croos says:

    Please add Luxy Croos from Victoria as a signatory

  • Tiffany says:

    Ms Tiffany Bui. Student. NSW.

  • Sophie Kingsford-Smith says:

    Hi
    I would like to be a signatory to this statement.

    Sophie Kingsford-Smith, NSW

  • Mayoorika Radhakrishnan says:

    Please add me as a signatory to this statement.
    Mayoorika Radhakrishnan – VIC, Australia

  • Janice Lee says:

    Please add my name as a supporter of the Statement.

    Janice

  • Kumaran Radhakrishnan says:

    Please add me as a signatory

    Mr Kumaran Radhakrishnan
    Student
    Victoria, Australia

    Thanks

  • K Kumar says:

    This is terrorism, this is genocide! This must stop immediately. Please Kevin Rudd, help the poor innocent civilians who have committed no wrong other than being born a Sri Lankan Tamil. The Sri Lankan government is trying to wipe out the Sri Lankan Tamil race and if we do not do anything about this real soon, then there will be no one left. Millions of us have been affected by this over the last 80 years, and those back in our country are not as fortunate as those of us overseas. We need an immediate cease-fire, and we need it NOW. Tamils in Sri Lanka deserve freedom and a life, they have not committed any wrong at all. They are being starved of their basic needs such as food, shelter and medical aid. Please help us. Add my name to this statement. Thankyou to everyone that supports this.

  • lucy huynh says:

    Lucy Huynh.
    Student.
    Sydney NSW.

  • J says:

    Please add

    Ms. Julia Poon
    Law Student
    Sydney, New South Wales

  • Jillian Rebeira says:

    Thankyou for finally making this crisis known as it has been going on for to long

  • antonia says:

    Miss Antonia Shuttleworth
    Student, Sydney, NSW

  • Michelle Luu says:

    Please add me as a signatory to this statement.

  • fastuntoactionaust says:

    Dr Bea Bleile, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of New England, NSW

  • Sirikoon Thongsavath says:

    please add me as a supporter

  • Thevagy Raqdhakrishnan says:

    Please add me as a signatory for this statement.

  • Niro says:

    Niro Kandasamy.Student.Sydney,N.S.W.

  • Jen Than says:

    Please add me as a signatory to this statement.

  • Kristy says:

    I would like to be a signatory to the above statement
    Kristy
    Koutsogiannis
    Stylist
    Sydney
    N.s.w

  • Katarina Ilic says:

    Please add as a supporter

  • Mugunthan Gunasingam says:

    Mugun Gunasingam. Student. Sydney. NSW

  • Dhanu thanigasalam says:

    Australia as part of the international community and the Commonwealth Countries should condemn these atrocities immediately and unreservedly and reverse the current political and ground situation by according respect and recognition to the LTTE as Tamils’ authentic representatives and by calling for an immediate ceasefire, restoration of normalcy and UN supervised peace negotiations, facilitated through an UN Security Council Resolution.

    Dear Prime Minister, we have no more time left. Please act now.

    Thank you in anticipation of your positive and speedy response to end this genocide.

    Yours sincerely

  • Megan Steele says:

    Please add.

    Megan Steele
    Postgraduate student
    Sydney, NSW.

  • Michelle Snaidero says:

    please add as a supporter

  • Dinolia Moodley says:

    Hi,

    Please add me as a signatory to this statement.

    Miss Dinolia Moodley
    Key Account Manager
    Sydney NSW Australia

    Thanks

  • thavaranee panchadcharam says:

    HI, THANK YOU FOR STATEMENT.

    PLEASE ADD ME AS A SUPPORTER

    WE NEED TAMIL LAND TO LIVE IN PEACE.

  • suzanne gray says:

    Please add me as a signatory to this statement
    Action must be taken to help the innocent victims and allow medical support to reach them.
    Suzanne Gray
    Director Gold Coast Yoga Centre
    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Ian Rintoul says:

    Please add my name on behlaf of Solidarity Australia to the endorsements of the letter

  • Dinesh Karunanithy says:

    Dinesh Karunanithy, student, UNSW, Australia,
    I support this statement. Justice for the people of Tamil Eelam!!
    submit

  • Rebecca Mouzayek says:

    Please add as a supporter

  • Rae-ann Khazma says:

    I’d like to give my unfettered support to the aforementioned statement. The disastrous genocide of the people of Tamil Eelam runs in complete contradiction to the principles of a responsible democratic government. This is yet another dark side of democracy.

    Ms Rae-ann Khazma
    LLB Candidate, UNSW

  • Colin Andersen says:

    Please add my name to the SL Crisis Statement.
    Colin Andersen, retired teacher, Sydney

  • Please add my name:

    Terry Townsend, editor Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal (http://links.org.au)

    P.S. see http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/305 for coverage of the Tamil struggle.

  • Farida Iqbal says:

    Please add me as a signatory to the above statement.

  • Jacinda Page says:

    i would like to be a signatory to this statement

  • S.Sriskandarajah says:

    Please add me as a signatory to the above statement

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