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  • Ten years since the war in Sri Lanka came to a brutal end, the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) stands in solidarity with the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka and vows to continue to strive for justice, peace and freedom for the Tamil people. The ATC joins 60 other organisations worldwide in endorsing the below statement:   On 18 May 2019, ten years since the Sri Lankan state’s genocide against the Tamil nation reached its peak, we stand in solidarity with our brethren in their quest for justice.    We believe that an international independent investigation is the only credible path...
  • May 2019 marks a decade since the final days of the war in Sri Lanka, a period which saw thousands of people killed and disappeared as Sri Lanka accelerated its genocide against the Tamils. Despite two UN initiated reports, several UNHuman Rights Council resolutions and a multitude of reports by human rights organisations, Tamil victims and survivors are no closer to receiving justice. What alternative paths exist for Tamil victims and survivors? Is a hybrid mechanism possible? Should a fully international tribunal be sought?Join us as we explore these questions in conversation with Dr Helen...

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  • 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...
  • 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...


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 or call 1300 660 629. 

Please watch the special interview with Mark Harding, NSW CMU Director, ABS on Census 2011.
Provide the appropriate response to be counted as a Tamil in Australia !!
Also, please forward it to other Tamils you know.
Kind regards, 
Australian Tamil Congress 

2009 Year End Summary Report

ATC spokesperson Dr Sam Pari interviewed by Lanka News Web

As a human rights and Tamil rights activists where do you place your self, in the context of present political situation in SL?  Before that how do you characterize the political situ in SL today. Any personal experiences re developing situ?

In the current political situation two men who could be indicted for war crimes have drawn swords at each other while clamouring for the highest position in the State. From the Tamils’ point of view there is absolutely no choice between the two. It is extremely difficult to say as to who could be worse. In this context, we would like to acknowledge the principle-based position adopted by Dr. Vikramabahu Karunaratne, with a programme recognising the Tamil homeland in the North and East, its right to self-determination and autonomy as solution for the Tamil National question. His policies on economy also confirm that he intends to do good for all peoples of the island. The Sri Lankan public and media should give as much importance to him as the other protagonists.

Availability for Comment - Sri Lanka’s appalling Human Rights record exposed- again

The Australian Tamil Congress welcomes the UN’s call for a fully independent and impartial inquiry into allegations of Human Rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

"The Sri Lankan Government must be held to account by the international community for the atrocities that have taken place"

Dr Sam Pari – Spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC)

Australians detained in Indonesia

There have been reports of two Australian and one Canadian activists who have been detained by Indonesian authorities.

Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) is investigating this and has been in contact with relevant authorities.

ATC has already expressed their concern of the well-being of these individuals and will continue dialogue with officials until the issue is resolved.

The trip to Merak by the Australian activists was done in a humanitarian capacity as individuals concerned for the 250 Tamil asylum seekers, fleeing from persecution in Sri Lanka who have been mooroned in a boat in Merak, Indonesia for over 100 days.

ATC is concerned for the fate of these Tamils who remain on the boat. There are serious issues concerning the deteriorating health - both physical and mental, of thoseon board.

The ATC urges the Australian Government to intervene to ensure a resolution to this policy failure which has offered anything but an “Indonesian solution”.

*Prof Raj Rajeswaran ATC – Chairman *

*Dr Mainthan Palendira ATC – Vice Chairman (Political Affairs)*

*Dr Sam Pari ATC (Media/PR Director) *


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