ATC on Tamil asylum seekers

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Australian Tamils to vote on Independent Tamil State

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"Sri Lanka is still a very dangerous country for Tamil civilians regardless of whether they're from the north, whether they're from the east or anywhere on the island."

- Dr Sam Pari, National Spokesperson, Australian Tamil Congress

Vadukkoddai Referendum

The Australian Tamil Congress is proud to endorse the Vadukkoddai Referendum and express our support for this initiative. We ask our members and others to participate and support the resolution. We also ask our members to help with organising the referendum by contacting the Tamil Referendum Council of Australia.

Please kindly forward this email to your family and friends and encourage their participation.

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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