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  • The Sri Lankan government has announced its intention to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 which it cosponsored 5 years ago. With the UNHRC session due to begin this week the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) would like to highlight a few key factors for consideration by the Australian government and other member states of the UNHRC. The Tamil community has strongly felt the UNHRC resolutions over the past decade, including those cosponsored by Sri Lanka, have not been taken seriously by Sri Lankan governments as they continued to avoid implementing...
  • The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) welcomes the travel ban imposed by the Unites States of America (USA) on Commander of the Sri Lankan army, Shavendra Silva, and his family.   The USA cites Silva’s command responsibility for “gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings, by the 58th division of the Sri Lanka army during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009” as reasons for his travel ban.   The ATC calls on the Australian government to take similar steps in acknowledging command responsibility by Sri Lankan political and military personnel who...

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  • 29-03-2020
    28 March 2020    Sri Lanka's pardon of convicted murderer of Tamils proves justice only possible through international criminal tribunal      The Sri Lankan President's pardon of an ex-Army Officer and convicted murderer of Tamil civilians, including children, yet again proves that accountability and justice for crimes committed by Sri Lanka's armed forces against Tamils is not possible within Sri Lanka.    Army personnel who have committed crimes against Tamils are scarcely arrested, let alone convicted. Considered a rare occurrence, Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake, a Sinhala army...
  • 22-04-2019
    The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) deeply condemns the attacks carried out on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 21 April 2019 which have resulted in least 207 dead and many more injured.  The ATC is saddened at the loss of innocent lives and stands in solidarity with the victims and their loved ones.  Sri Lanka has a long history of religious extremism and perpetrators of religious violence have been known to act with impunity. As recent as 27 March 2019 the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Bachelet, while underlining the importance of accountability to the...

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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