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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....
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  • 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...

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Brisbane Tamil Story - ABC TV

Brisbane Tamil Story - ABC TV, 3 Sept 2010, 1.30PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Australian Tamils appalled at Rajapakse's attendance at Games ceremony

The Australian Tamil Congress is appalled at the decision to invite Sri Lanka's president to attend the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

The Sri Lankan government is accused of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity in its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Although Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group have called for independent investigations, Sri Lanka has remained defiant, including by refusing visas to a panel experts from the United Nations.

"The Commonwealth members should exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government, as they did with Zimbabwe and Fiji," says Dr Sam Pari, spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress.

"Sri Lanka is an embarrassment to the Commonwealth. It has an atrocious human rights record and latest constitutional amendment which removed the term limits for a sitting president shows that it is only becoming less democratic," she added.

Sri Lanka lost its bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It also recently lost its bid to Australia to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting.

Sri Lanka is now competing with Australia to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Mr Rajapaksa's home town, Hambantota.

Media contact:

Dr Sam Pari – 0433 428 967

Australian Tamil Congress to support Breast Cancer Research

Australian Tamil Congress to support Breast Cancer Research


Come join the women of the ATC Women's Advocacy Team as we make appams and pancakes for the Pink Ribbon Breakfast 2010 to raise much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Date : Saturday 30th October 2010

Venue : Church Street Mall, Parramatta

Time : 9AM to 11.30AM

ABC Radio journalist writes about Rajapakse's invitation to Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

While you're watching the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony tonight, take a moment to look at the VIP box...

Australian Tamil Congress supports Breast Cancer Research

The Australian Tamil Congress Women's Advocacy Teams in Sydney and Adelaide had Pink Ribbon Breakfasts to raise much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sydney
 
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 the chefs!
 the sales team!
 the products and merchandise! 
the customers! 
the marketing team with former NRL Player for the Canterbury Bulldogs Hazem El Masri!
Adelaide
 
  the products.
 
 
  the sales team.
 

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