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ATC Petition-Prime Minister: Reconsider CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka

Although Canada has strengthened it's boycott position, Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr remains under  the misconception 'there is no evidence of  current human rights abuses in Sri Lanka'.

Unbelievably, the fact that the Sri Lankan Rajapaske regime blatantly undermines numerous Commonwealth Values and Principles, has been glossed over by our Government and the Commonwealth Community

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No Fire Zone- Sri Lanka's Killing Fields-Australian Tour

No Fire Zone - The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

 Australian tour of the true story of war crimes committed in Sri Lanka four years ago

 Sydney

 Sydney CBD

 Date: Thursday 27 June 2013

 Time: 6.00pm

 Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

 To book ticket online click here 

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 Silverwater 

 Date: Saturday 29 June 2013

 Time: 6.15pm

 Venue: C3 Conference Venue-Cnr Egerton and Silverwater Road Silverwater

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 Melbourne

 Date: Friday 28 June 2013

 Time: 6.30pm

 Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asian Centre,University of Melbourne, Near Gate 6,Swanston Street, Melbourne

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 Canberra

 Hosted by ANU Law Students' Society

 Date: Monday 24 June 2013

 Venue: Coombs Theatre, The Australian National University

 Time: 6:30pm

 Contact click here

 Perth

 Date: Sunday 30 June 2013

 Time: 6.30pm

 Venue: Cinema Paradise, Northbridge Perth

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Event- Sri Lanka Human Rights and Australia

 

Sri Lanka, Human Rights and Australia

(7 March in Melbourne | 8 March in Sydney)

 

The civil war in Sri Lanka came to an end in 2009, but human rights concerns linger and debate continues to rage about the current situation. Human Rights Watch recently said "Justice and accountability for abuses, an end to torture in detention, and ending constraints on basic liberties continue to prove elusive for the Tamil population." On the other hand, Australian politicians would have us believe it is safe to return Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without processing their claims.

The Human Rights Law Centre invites you to participate in what is sure to be an in depth, robust and enlightening discussion about accountability for war crimes and the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

Featuring:

Frances Harrison, a former BBC foreign correspondent who covered the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war and has recently published a book of eye witness accounts from the end of the war, Still Counting the Dead

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Dr Sam Pari, National Spokesperson of the Australian Tamil Congress. Sam possesses vast experience as a volunteer worker in the post-tsunami regions of North-East Sri Lanka, and has represented the Tamil community at numerous human rights, political and academic forums and in the media.

Bruce Haigh, political commentator and a former Australian diplomat, who was Deputy High Commissioner at the Australian High Commission in Colombo in the 1990s, and a former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal. (Participating in the Sydney event only.)

Gordon Weiss, a seasoned journalist and international aid worker. He was the UN spokesperson on Sri Lanka during the last phase and aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Drawing on his experiences, his book The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers, examines atrocities perpetrated during the last months of the war in Sri Lanka. (Participating in the Melbourne event only.)

 

The discussion will be facilitated by the host of SBS’ Dateline, Mark Davis, one of Australia’s foremost video journalists and winner of five Walkley Awards.

Tickets are now available: Purchase tickets for Melbourne event here or Purchase tickets for Sydney event here

Kindly hosted by:

Melbourne:
6:30pm, Thursday 7 March 2013
Report to reception at Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St

Sydney:
6:30pm, Friday 8 March 2013
Report to reception at Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place

ATC in the Media

Arrival Stretch Resources

Camberra Times:

Australian Tamil Congress, Sam Pari, told Fairfax that Tamils were still fleeing the island three years after the end of Sri Lanka's civil war.

''Tamils continue to fear for their lives in Sri Lanka. The continuing persecution of the Tamil people, the threat of rape, indefinite detention, disappearances - in essence a slow genocide of the Tamil people - is what is driving Tamil people to risk their lives on leaky boats,''Dr Pari said...

Australian Tamils welcome shift in world stance on Sri Lankan war crimes

The Australian Tamil Congress welcomes the shift in the international community's stance on issues of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

On Wednesday, the Australian Senate unanimously passed a motion jointly moved by Sen. Lee Rhiannon, Sen. Gary Humphries and Foreign Minister Bob Carr calling on Australia to support a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution.

Last night the United States led resolution was passed at the UNHRC calling on Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations of its internal inquiry, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), while pointing out the LLRC report does not however adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law.

"We appreciate Australia openly calling Sri Lanka out on issues of war crimes and accountability," said Dr. Sam Pari, spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress. "The UNHRC resolution is finally an acknowledgement by the international community that Sri Lanka needs to address serious issues of accountability. However, the resolution is only a small first step and our call for international independent inquiry will continue until Tamils achieve the justice they deserve," she added.

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