The insecurity of Tamil women in Sri Lanka
This year, International Women’s Day celebrates the theme of ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. This idea should be at the core of a drive towards fairer societies and a better world. However, in many countries the rights of women continue to be denied, ignored and undermined.
Sri Lanka is one such place where women’s rights – particularly those of Tamils who reside in the former armed conflict areas of the North and East - are under sustained assault.
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Australian Tamil Congress Press Release
24 Feb 2014
Extremely disturbing news has surfaced that the commander of the G4S security forces at Manus Island Detention Centre is a man named Dinesh Perera who may have been a former Major in the Sri Lankan Army.
Many Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka claim their main reason for seeking asylum is due to fear of persecution from the Sri Lankan state and its military.
Sri Lanka has also been in the media spotlight having been accused of human rights abuses, war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Tamils in the...
ATC as part of the lobbying efforts for the UN Human Rights Council session in March 2014 invited Hon Sumanthiran MP to Australia on a brief visit. He traveled all the way from Geneva to be here. We held several forums in Parliament House, at University of NSW and Australian National University, private meetings with politicians and many eminent persons. We had exceptional media coverage. Click the link for full coverage. http://www.australiantamilcongress.com/en/images/PDF/MAS.pdf
Public Interest Advocacy Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group in Australia, in consultation with prominent international jurists, have released a report with new evidence that the government forces systematically destroyed mass burial sites of civilians during civil war.. The report backs calls for an international inquiry.Please find below links to few media coverage on this report including ATC spokesperson Dr Sam Pari's comments on ABC radio. ABC- (includes ATC's comments)- Click here Fairfax media - Click hereNew York Times - Click here Australian Greens -Press Release-Click...
The need of the hour is for our people, in each and every country that we have taken refuge in throughout the world, to unite and form country organisations that can constructively engage in diplomatic political dialogue with the governments of those countries to bring peace, dignity and freedom to our people wherever they may reside.