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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...

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2SER Razor's Edge - Pressure for an Independent Umpire in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Cricket team is currently touring Australia for a three match series- and, to the delight of Australia’s large Sri Lankan community, they’ve already beaten the host nation twice in the past week.

But there are groups in Australia who believe that the Sri Lankan team shouldn’t be playing cricket at all.

The Australian Tamil Congress has called on the International Cricket Council to ban the country from the playing the sport professionally.

They hope that such a move will pressure its government into agreeing to an independent inquiry into human rights abuses.

The calls are supported by those involved with the Sri Lanka Human Rights Project at the University of Sydney.

James Bourne spoke to the program’s coordinator, Professor Jake Lynch, about the political situation in Sri Lanka- and how sport can be used as an effective tool of persuasion.

ATC appeal to help the flood victims in Queensland

Message from the ATC chairman Dr. Raj Rajeswaran

Dear members,

I am sure that you are all aware of the devastating floods which continue to impact the people of Queensland. Many communities have been devastated with some families losing everything. It is a very grim and desperate situation.

As a community devastated by tsunami and civil conflicts, we can relate to the pain and suffering endured by our fellow Australians. It is our duty to help these people in whatever way we are able to.

The Australian Tamil Congress will collect donations from our members, friends and through other fundraising activities. These funds will be collected through our Special Fund account and the proceeds will be donated to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster relief appeal.

Please be generous and donate for this worthy cause.

I thank you all for your continued support to ATC.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Raj Rajeswaran

Chairman

Australian Tamil Congress

How can you make donations:

Direct Credit:

Account Name : Australian Tamil Congress (Special Fund Account)

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Account number : 066124 - 1032 5665

Details: State/member name

Push to investigate Australian citizen for war crimes

The International Criminal Court in the Hague overnight received a submission to the Office of the Prosecutor to investigate an Australian citizen for war crimes.

The brief claims that during the last days of Sri Lanka's civil war the dual Sri Lankan-Australian citizen Dr Palitha Kohona was involved in the murder of three Tamil Tiger leaders who had already surrendered.

The US-based group Tamils Against Genocide has brought the case. They say there's no way to bring any potential Sri Lankan war criminals to justice in the International Criminal Court. Instead they're hoping Dr Kohona's Australian passport will allow a case to proceed.

Australian could face court over Tamil Tigers deaths

AN AUSTRALIAN citizen and senior Sri Lankan diplomat has been accused of complicity in the murders of three surrendering Tamil Tigers in an application to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

Pursuing Palitha Kohona for war crimes

Pursuing Palitha Kohona for war crimes

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