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Important Announcement from ATC Evidence Collection Assistance Team‏

On 5 August 2014, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued the following notice:
 
In March 2014, the HRC adopted resolution A/HRC/25/1, requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability”. 
 
In accordance with this resolution, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has established the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL).The mandate of the OISL includes violations and abuses of international human rights law and breaches of international humanitarian law as well as related crimes.
 
Submission to OHCHR
Anyone wishing to make submissions in respect of the above may do so as follows:
 
1. Organizations and individuals may make one written submission in English, Tamil or Sinhalese, not exceeding ten pages, and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission.
2. The Panel will receive submissions until 31 October 2014
3. Submissions may be sent by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by post
4. Submissions made to the OISL will be treated as confidential according to the UN privacy protection procedure.
 
Further information may be obtained from
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx
 
In Australia, the Australian Tamil Congress Evidence Collection Assistance Team has been working with legal professionals in coordinating evidence collection for the past three years. Our experienced team will be assisting those willing to provide evidence.
 
If you or anyone you know wishes to provide any evidence, please contact us on 1300 660 629(Australian callers). Overseas -Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please note that all information regarding those seeking assistance will be treated as confidential. 
 
Kind regards,
Evidence Collection Assistance Team
Australian Tamil Congress




நிகழ்ந்தேறிய போர்க்குற்றங்கள்இ மானிடத்திற்கெதிரான குற்றச்செயல்கள் உள்ளிட்ட மனித உரிமை மீறல்கள் தொடர்பான விசாரணைகளை ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மனித உரிமைகள் ஆணையாளரின் அலுவலகம் ஆரம்பித்துள்ளது.
குற்றச்செயல் நடந்த காலம்: 21.02.2002 முதல் 15.11.2011 வரை. (இதனோடு தொடர்புடைய நிகழ்வுகள் அல்லது அதன் தொடர்ச்சி அதற்கு பின்னர் நடைபெற்றாலும் அதுகுறித்தும் புகார் தெரிவிக்கலாம்).

இவை தொடர்பாக.யாரவது தகவல்கள சமர்ப்பிக்க விரும்புவோர் பின்வரும் வழிகளில் அவற்றினை செய்யலாம்.

  • ஸ்தாபனங்களோ அல்லது தனி நபர்களோ  பத்து பக்கங்களுக்குமேற்படாதஎழுத்து மூலமான சமர்ப்பணங்களை அனுப்பலாம்.  அவற்றுடன் இதனை அன்னுபுபவரினை தொடர்பு கொள்ளக் கூடிய விபரங்கள் இணைக்க வேண்டும
  • மனு அனுப்ப வேண்டிய கடைசி நாள்: 30.10.2014. (அக்டோபர் மாதம் 30 ஆம் நாளுக்கு முன்னதாக புகார்களை அனுப்ப வேண்டும்)
  • மனு அனுப்பவேண்டிய மின்னஞ்சல் : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..         அனுப்பப்படும் விவரணங்கள் யாவும் இரகசியத்தன்மை பேணப்படும்.

இது தொடர்பாக மேலதிக விபரங்களை- மின்னஞ்சல் விபரம்
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx

அவுஸ்திரேலியாவில்இ எமது அவுஸ்திரேலிய தமிழர் பேரவையின் போர் குற்ற ஆதாரங்கள் சேகரிப்பு தொடர்பான குழுவினர் கடந்த மூன்று வருடங்களாக பல சட்ட வல்லுநர்களுடன் இணைந்து செயல்பட்டு வருகின்றனர்.
 
இது தொடர்பாக சாட்சியமளிக்க விரும்புவோர் எமது உதவிகளை  பெறுவதற்க்கு பின்வரும் இல்லக்கத்தில் எம்மை தொடர்பு கொள்ளலாம்

1300 660 629 (ஆஸ்திரேலியாவிலிருந்து தொடர்பு கொள்வோர்) 
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போர்குற்ற ஆதாரங்கள் சேகரிப்பு தொடர்புகுழு
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Minister Morrison's Comments Nothing More than Propaganda

Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expresses utter dismay and strongly condemns the decision by Minister Scott Morrison to not meet the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or Tamil civil society leaders during his recent visit to the northern city of Jaffna.

Senior TNA MP and lawyer MA Sumanthiran stated that most foreign delegations that visited the north always made the effort to consult with a wide range of stakeholders, including the elected Tamil representatives, to gauge the real situation faced by Tamils. He alluded to the recent visits of British Prime Minister David Cameron, former Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, Singapore Foreign Minister K Shanmugam, and most recently, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Sumanthiran MP also expressed disappointment that Mr. Morrison had squandered the opportunity to learn more about the plight of Tamil citizens in the war-ravaged North, despite repeated effort by the TNA to arrange a meeting with the Minister.

Australian Tamils are also deeply concerned about the secretive nature of Minister Morrison’s visit to the North, where he would meet only with the government appointed, retired military commander cum governor, while the popularly elected Chief Minister of the Northern Province, former Supreme Court Judge CV Wigneswaran, was kept in the dark. There is disbelief within the Tamil community that Minister Morrison would choose to go along on a government guided tour, while not meeting even a single elected Tamil representative from the war-ravaged area.  After being a willing participant of such state-orchestrated visit, any comment now he makes about the conditions in the Tamil areas should be viewed as nothing more than propaganda statements to suit the agenda of both the Sri Lankan and Australian governments. 

The International Community and the United Nations recognise that Sri Lanka is not a society at peace, and are taking steps to promote accountability, rule of law, and reconciliation in that country.  However, the Australian government, in contrast to our close allies, has chosen to either ignore or down play the ground reality for Tamils, with the expectation that such appeasement would contribute to the success of its ‘stop the boats’ policy.  In this context, ATC appeals to our government to adopt a balanced foreign policy approach, with respect for human rights as a key component.

 

Media contact: 1300 660 629

PM's Comments on Sri Lanka- Shameful and Obsequious Brand of Appeasement

Australian Tamil Congress strongly condemns the statement made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Sri Lanka is at peace after end of civil war and that there has been a lot of progress when it comes to human rights and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.  Prime Minister’s comment is a particularly shameful and obsequious brand of appeasement by Australia, and it wrongly elevates the politics of perceived national interest over widespread concerns about human rights and rule of law in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, this statement is in stark contrast to those from our close allies such as US, UK, Canada and other progressive Western Nations, all of which have adopted a consistent and principled position of being highly critical of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.  It is commonly accepted that the human rights record of the Sri Lankan government is appalling, and for this reason, Sri Lanka is under increasing scrutiny of the International Community.

  • On June 25th, 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced that three distinguished experts will advise and support the UN international investigation team set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, as mandated by UN Human Rights Council resolution in March 2014. 
  • Aiming to stem the tide of violent attacks and recrimination against Sri Lanka’s Muslim and Christian communities, a group of United Nations human rights experts called on the government of Sri Lanka (July 03, 2014) to adopt urgent measures to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred, and to end “the atmosphere of impunity” fuelling hate speech and violence by Buddhist extremists.

In the recent past the Australian governments have not adopted strong positions on human rights violations in Sri Lanka, primarily due to their need for cooperation with the Sri Lankan government in handling the asylum seeker issue.  However, it is important that Australia maintains a healthy de-link between these two issues, and such an enlightened policy approach is not only principled, but also in Australia’s long term national interest by promoting genuine transformation and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Australian Tamil Community is deeply concerned about the fate of the Tamil refugees, and in particular, about the reports that they have been handed back to the Sri Lankan Navy in mid-sea.  If these reports are correct, it will be a travesty to Australia’s foreign policy, and more importantly, this will be a serious breach of the accepted international norms and obligations that will bring long-lasting shame to the country we proudly call ours.

Media Contact: 1300 660 629 

 

ATC Calls on Government to Ensure Safety of Stranded Asylum Seekers Off Christmas Island

A boat carrying asylum seekers is stranded off the waters of Christmas Island over the last few days.  It is claimed that the boat originated from a South Indian port  with 153 Tamils on board, which includes 37 children and 32 women. , There is a serious damage in the engine of the boat and the people are in need of desperate help.

Australian Tamil Congress calls on our government to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the stranded people who appear to be in dire conditions in the sea.  If the people on the boat eventually choose to apply for protection, ATC calls on our government to faithfully apply the necessary procedures to assess their claims under the UN Refugee Conventions to which Australia is a signatory  ATC requests the government to provide necessary mental and physical health services for these people to overcome their traumatic experiences during and after war in Sri Lanka.      

Media Contact: Dr Bala Vigneswaran- 0404404777

Hon Sumanthiran MP Visit to Australia

ATC as part of the lobbying efforts for the UN Human Rights Council session in March 2014 invited Hon Sumanthiran MP to Australia on a brief visit. He traveled all the way from Geneva to be here. We held several forums in Parliament House, at University of NSW and Australian National University, private meetings with politicians and many eminent persons. We had exceptional media coverage. Click the link for full coverage.  http://www.australiantamilcongress.com/en/images/PDF/MAS.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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