For Immediate Release on 17 October 2010 – Australian Tamils welcome announcement to release detained refugees

The Australian Tamil Congress welcomes the news that the Federal Government is preparing to announce plans to release children and families from detention centres into the community while their applications for asylum are being assessed.

"We welcome this shift in policy and look forward to further details," said Dr Sam Pari, spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress.

"Hopefully we will soon see the speedy processing of asylum applications. Some Tamils have been waiting in limbo for nearly 20 months," said Dr Bala Vigneswaran from the Australian Tamil Congress who works as a national coordinator for refugees and migrants.

Media contact:

Dr Bala Vigneswaran – 0419 361 273

Dr Sam Pari – 0433 428 967