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  • The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expresses its disappointment on the shortcomings of resolution 40/1 ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), as it fails to set a clear pathway for accelerated progress on achieving transitional justice and accountability for mass atrocity crimes committed in Sri Lanka. There have been seven such resolutions with Sri Lanka itself co-sponsoring the last three. However, ten years since the war which saw the peak of mass atrocity crimes committed against the Tamil population,...
  • 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....

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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 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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