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  • As we approach the tenth year since the war in the island of Sri Lanka came to a bloody end, there still exist discrepancies as to number of dead. The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) will be assisting in a project launched by two international NGO’s, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), which aims to estimate the number of dead and disappeared.  Volunteers from ATC will assist those wishing to provide the relevant information required to record the deceased or disappeared due to war, and coordinate the project in Australia....
  • Mr Ganesan wants the asylum seekers in Australia to return to Sri Lanka. He claims that it is safe for them to return, “If anyone has broken any law, they may be questioned about it," he tells SBS Tamil. "But, they will not be taken to torture camps.”   However, not all Tamils in Australia subscribe to that view.   Dr Sam Pari, spokesperson of the Australian Tamil Congress says, “There is evidence that torture and arrests continue in Sri Lanka, even after the new government has taken office, with the International Truth and Justice Project alone documenting at least 36 cases of...

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  • 11-01-2019
    Yet another New Year dawns almost 10 years since the worst of the genocidal onslaught against the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan state with no sign of the victims receiving justice in the near future. More than three years after UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka, to-date Sri Lanka has taken very few steps to fulfil its obligations and none of those implemented have produced any substantive outcomes for those most affected by the war. The current President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka have made repeated statements rejecting some of the most important...
  • 05-06-2017
    The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expresses deep concern over the lack of concerted actions by the Government of Sri Lanka on addressing the issue of the missing persons, as the continuous protest by their relatives has gone past one hundred days. The reports of intimidation and disruption of the peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan armed forces is deeply troubling. Despite its commitments made to the member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at this year’s session in March, the Government of Sri Lanka has...

Opportunity for us Tamils to identify ourselves at the Australian Census

Every Five years, when a census is done, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) gathers a lot of data about community groups.  Grants, concessions, and government resources are allocated to various communities based on the information ABS publishes.

It will benefit not just us but the generation to come as well, if we Tamils identify ourselves as an ethnic group.

ATC representatives have been in consultation with ABS since 2011 Census and worked together to have fixes in place to avoid misrepresentation of Tamils living in Australia from previous census in 2006.  Last census in 2011 Tamils living in Australia showed a significant increase. We need your cooperation again so Tamils are accurately represented in 2016 Census.

Three questions will identify us as an identifiable ethnic group in Australia.  Please find information below explaining how to answer the questions. Also click here for details.

ABS does not publish any information related to individuals, nor does it share information about individuals with other Government agencies in Australia. ABS only publishes consolidated, aggregate figures.

Hence, let us Tamils identify ourselves as Tamils and show our real strength in Australia.
For more information please visit our website www.australiantamilcongress.com or call 1300 660 629. 

Please watch the special interview with Mark Harding, NSW CMU Director, ABS on Census 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/user/OzCensus2011?feature=mhsn#p/f
Provide the appropriate response to be counted as a Tamil in Australia !!
http://www.teamfours.com/tamils/abs/Census2011.gif
Also, please forward it to other Tamils you know.
 
Kind regards, 
Australian Tamil Congress 

In Solidarity with People of Tamil Nadu

n Solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu

Dear Fellow Tamils

As most of you are aware, Chennai has been devastated by the worst torrential rains in history and flash-floods have caused hundreds of deaths and untold misery to millions of people in several parts of Tamil Nadu.

While more rain is expected over the week, thousands of people still remain stranded. And despite the best efforts of the TN Government and NGOs, many are left without basic supplies of food, drinking water, clothes, blankets, etc.

Even as we pray for an end to this unforseen natural calamity, we believe we should do the least we can to bring some immediate relief to the affected.  

For decades the people of Tamil Nadu had continued to rise in support of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, and many of our people have taken refuge in Tamil Nadu for so long. It is now our chance to help them in whatever measure we can.

The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) urges all Australian Tamils to be generous enough to donate and show our solidarity with our Tamil Nadu brethren at a time of their dire need.

Please use the below link to donate immediately to this urgent relief fund. ATC will donate the funds to Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam* in Chennai who is already involved in coordinating the relief work. We will provide the donors with feedback as we receive.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Please click here to donate and show our solidarity.

With great expectations,

Executive Committee
Australian Tamil Congress

*Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam is a non-governmental organisation, whose President - Thamilaruvi Maniyan - had visited Australia a few times before. 

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