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Fax Campaign- Tamils Call on Australia to support an Independent Investigations into War Crimes.

The United Nations (UN) has released a much-anticipated report by the Secretary General's Panel of Experts on accountability in the final stages of the war.

An impartial inquiry is the only means to make the failed state of Sri Lanka uphold justice and equality, and bring peace and closure to all who call this once prosperous land home.

Australia's silence on this issue and the ?soft and friendly? diplomatic approach towards Sri Lanka is no longer tenable.

We need to give a collective voice in calling on the Australian Law makers to follow the lead of their colleagues in US and UK and that of the International Human Rights advocacy organisations to openly call for an independent international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

Let's show our collective strength.

"Rebuilding confidence and trust (within Sri Lanka) requires a determined effort for accountability for past crimes by all parties to the conflict" - Emeritus Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Thank you.

Regards,

Australian Tamil Congress

United Nations Panel of Experts Report to Secretary General

The United Nations has released a much-anticipated report by the Secretary General's Panel of Experts on the accountability in the final stages of the war.

In a statement released with the report, a spokesperson for the Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, said that decision to release the report was made "matter of transparency and in the broader public interest".

Public Meeting with Mr. M A Sumanthiran MP, Tamil National Alliance (TNA)

Dear valued members,

We invite you to attend a public meeting with Mr. M A Sumanthiran MP, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) hosted by the Australian Tamil Congress.

Mr Sumanthiran is considered as one of the strongest human rights advocates in Sri Lanka. He entered parliament in 2010 as member TNA. His maiden speech in the parliament opposing the amendments to the constitution that removed the two term restrictions for the incumbent President was widely acclaimed both at home and abroad.

This is an ideal opportunity to get firsthand information on the current political climate in Sri Lanka and his views on how Australian Tamils can contribute in bringing about a long lasting solutions to our kith and kin languishing in our Tamil homeland.

NSW

Date: Sunday 20th March 2011

Time : 4.45pm for 5pm start

Venue: Homebush Boys High School, Bridge Road, Homebush

ACT

Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Time : 6.45pm for 7pm start

Venue: Canberra Tamil Senior Citizen's Hall, 11 Bromby St, Isaacs

Vic

Date: Saturday 26th March 2011

Time : 3pm start

Venue: St Jude's Community Centre, 49 George Street, Scoresby

Qld

Date: Sunday 27th March 2011

Time : 5.45pm for 6pm start

Venue: Centenary State High School, 1 Moolanda Street, Jindalee

WA

Date: Thursday 31st March 2011

Time : 6.45pm for 7pm start

Venue: Rossmoyne Community Hall, 6 Third avenue, Rossmoyne

Please pass this to your family and friends.

Kind regards,

Australian Tamil Congress

Fundraising for the Queensland flood victims

As a community devastated by tsunami and civil conflicts, the Australian Tamil community 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.

Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) NSW Chapter is hosting a lunch to raise funds for the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

We would like to invite you and your friends to come down and enjoy the spicy taste of our traditional Tamil rice and curries.

All proceeds will be donated to Premier’s Disaster Relief.

Date: Saturday, 22nd January 2011

Venue: Church Street Mall, Parramatta

Time : 11am onwards

ATC is an authorised promoter of Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

Donations to ATC appeal to Qld floods are tax deductible

Dear valued member,

Our members and supporters have shown incredible support for the appeal by the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) to raise funds for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

We are glad to inform our members and supporters that ATC has been authorised to fundraise for Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal for flooding in Queensland. The authorisation gives credibility to all our fundraising efforts and any donations over $2 will be tax deductible.

It’s been very heartening to see Tamils across the country have shown overwhelming support and positive feedback for this initiative to help the Queenslanders who are battling such difficult circumstances.

Please refer to messgae below for methods of payments.

We sincerely thank you for your support and we can all feel proud Australians for being part of this initiative.

Yours sincerely,

ATC Executive Team

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