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SLCS signed by Noam Chomsky

This statement has been submitted on 14 September 2009. Thank you to all the signatories.

An activist helping with the campaign was able to personally meet and hand the statement directly to Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Monday 14 September 2009.

This statement was written in late May. Since then points d) and e) need to be updated:

d) Five of the Tamil doctors detained by the Government of Sri Lanka have now been released on conditional bail. We call on the unconditional release of Dr’s Thangamutha Sathiyamoorthy, Veerakaththi Shanmugarajah, Thurairaja Varatharajah, Illancheliyan Pallavan, Sinnathurai Sivapalan and for the where-abouts of the remaining doctors held in detention to be revealed;

e) Support Amnesty International in its call for the release of journalist Mr. J.S. Tissainayagam imprisoned by the Government of Sri Lanka for 20 years.

*** Full Text of Original Statement Launched on 27th May 2009 and Submitted on 14th Sep 2009 ***

We are Australian citizens who share a deep concern about the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka now affecting more than 300,000 people, according to United Nations (UN) estimates.

We call on the Government of Australia to demand the Government of Sri Lanka immediately:

a) give the UN, International Committee of the Red Cross, non-governmental organisations and all local and international media unrestricted access to the Tamil civilians trapped in the former war zone and those indefinitely confined in detention camps for internally displaced people;

b) treat all prisoners of war including members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), former members, suspected combatants, non-combatant cadres and their families according to international law, including the Geneva Conventions, which have been ratified by the Government of Sri Lanka and allow independent international monitors to be part of the Government of Sri Lanka’s screening process;

c) release the over 300,000 Tamils from government controlled concentration camps and allow them to return to their homes;

d) release the three doctors – Dr. T. Varatharajah, Dr. T. Sathyamurthi and Dr. V. Shanmugarajah – who treated hundreds of severely wounded civilians in understaffed makeshift hospitals in the country’s war zones;

e) release journalist Mr. J.S. Tissainayagam detained without charges by the Sri Lankan government since March 7th 2008.

We strongly urge the Government of Australia to support the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s calls for an international independent investigation into alleged war crimes by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE.

Furthermore, we recognise the Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

We acknowledge that all people, including the Tamils, have the right to self-determination and must freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

We urge the international community to support and facilitate a political solution that addresses the self-determination aspirations of Tamils and protects the human rights of all Sri Lankans.

Signatories include:

  • Bishop Pat Power, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, ACT
  • Mr. John Pilger, Renowned Australian Journalist, Author and Documentary Filmmaker, NSW
  • Ms. Sharan Burrow, President, Australian Council of Trade Unions, VIC
  • Mr. Bruce Haigh, former Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, NSW
  • Hon. Emeritus Prof. Stuart Rees AO, Director, Sydney Peace Foundation, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Hon. Ian Cohen, Member of the Legislative Council, The Greens Party, NSW Parliament, NSW
  • Hon. Lee Rhiannon, Member of the Legislative Council, The Greens Party, NSW Parliament, NSW
  • Hon. John Kaye, Member of the Legislative Council, The Greens Party, NSW Parliament, NSW
  • Prof. Jake Lynch, Assoc. Professor and Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Ms. Irene Doutney, Councillor, The Greens Party, City of Sydney, NSW
  • Mr. Robert Reed, Barrister-at-Law, QLD
  • Mr. John Speight, Executive Chairperson, Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament, VIC
  • Rev. Richard Wootton AM, Executive Vice Chairperson, Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament, VIC
  • Prof. Wendy Bacon, Professor of Journalism, University of Technology, NSW
  • Assoc. Prof. Damien Kingsbury, Assoc. Director, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, Assoc. Head (Research), School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University, VIC
  • Mr. Michael Thomson, President University of Sydney Branch, National Tertiary Education Union, NSW
  • Prof. Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, OYH Research Centre and Professor of Youth Mental Health, The Univesity of Melbourne, VIC
  • Dr. John Whitehall, Paediatrician, QLD
  • Prof. Chris Nash, Professor of Journalism, Monash University, Victoria
  • Mr. Antony Loewenstein, Independent Journalist and Author, NSW
  • Ms. Alison Tate, International Adviser, Australian Council of Trade Unions, VIC
  • Mrs. Sonja Karkar, Human Rights Activist, Women for Palestine, VIC
  • Dr. Tanveer Ahmed, Psychiatrist and Journalist, NSW
  • Dr. Peter Slezak, Program in Cognitive Science, School of History & Philosophy, UNSW, NSW
  • Ms. Mary Bluett, President, Australian Education Union Victorian Branch, VIC
  • Ms. Ann Taylor, Deputy President, Australian Education Union Victorian Branch, VIC
  • Ms. Susan Hopgood, AEU Federal Secretary, VIC
  • Ms. Rebecca Hinchey, Public Affairs Co-ordinator, STARRTS, Sydney, NSW
  • Ms. Danielle Archer, Young Unionists’ Network Co-ordinator, Deputy Delegate, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Presenter, ‘Solidarity Breakfast’ 3CR, Victoria
  • Mr. Kevin Bracken, Maritime Union of Australia, MUA Victoria Branch Secretary President Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Mr. Len Cooper, Communications, Electrical, Plumbing Union Branch Secretary National President.
  • Mr. Immanuel Selvaraj, Councillor, NSW
  • Mr. Vasee Rajadurai, Councillor, Holroyd City Council, NSW
  • Mr. Reggie Verghese, Councillor, NSW
  • Rev. Christopher Freestone, NSW

Signatory groups include:

  • Socialist Alliance National Executive
  • Medical Association for Prevention of War

Non-Australians supportive of the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement include:

  • Prof. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor (retired), Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, author of over 100 books, political commentator and activist, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Seemampillai Joseph Emmanuel, President, International Federation of Tamils, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr. Doug Bandow, American Conservative Defense Alliance and Former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, USA

Click here for complete list of signatories to the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement

 

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To read the first version of the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement and to view list of signatories click here.

We took this to the media on 9th of March. Click here to see media reports.

We presented this to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd when members of the Tamil youth met DFAT reps in Canberra on the 18th of April.

Prime Minister Rudd did not respond, nor did he condemn the actions of the Sri Lankan government in its genocide of the Tamils. Countries that remain silent, become complicit.

90 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2009 9:21 am

    Stuart Munckton & Emma Murphy, Green Left Weekly co-editors, Sydney, NSW

  2. Andrew Rice permalink
    May 29, 2009 12:17 pm

    Mr Andrew Rice, UQ Student and Resistance/Socialist Alliance Member, Brisbane QLD

  3. Vasuki Gunasingam permalink
    May 29, 2009 1:54 pm

    Vasuki Gunasingam. Student. University of New South Wales. NSW.

  4. May 29, 2009 5:35 pm

    Pip Hinman, Socialist Alliance anti-war coordinator

  5. Ranjini Gunasingam permalink
    May 29, 2009 7:59 pm

    Mrs.Ranjini Gunasingam. NSW. Australia.

  6. May 29, 2009 9:06 pm

    Alex Bainbridge
    Socialist Alliance, Perth

  7. Selva Kumar permalink
    May 30, 2009 12:24 am

    Please include me as a signatory:

    Mr Selva Kumar, Lawyer, NSW

  8. Michelle Luu permalink
    May 30, 2009 2:58 am

    Michelle Luu,
    Student
    University of New South Wales
    NSW

  9. Ranjana Parameswaran permalink
    May 31, 2009 4:11 pm

    All Sri lankan Tamils are experiencing hardship in Sri Lanka and all over the world. In the name of destroying terrorism thousands of innocent civilians lost their lives within five months in Sri Lanka. Tamils want justice with dignity. Tamils need political solution immediately other wise many more innocent Tamils will be killed without any justice.

    Perth, Western Australia

  10. Lavaniya Thevarajah permalink
    May 31, 2009 5:17 pm

    Lavaniya Thevarajah, Oral Health Therapist, NSW

  11. Janu Dhayanathan permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:16 pm

    Janu Dhayanathan, Graphic Designer, NSW

  12. Kim Huynh permalink
    May 31, 2009 10:11 pm

    Kim Huynh, Student, University of Technology, Sydeney, NSW.

  13. P.A.Subramaniam permalink
    May 31, 2009 10:54 pm

    The Sri Lankan government said it was engaged on a war on terrorism and killed more than 300000 Tamils, 20000 of them in the last 3 or 4 days. They said they are liberating the Tamils and more than 300000 Tamils are now in concentration camos. The rest of the Tamils are in open prison. They said the National question will be solved after defeating the LTTE. They now claim to have defeated the LTTE but yet no solutionto the Tamils.

  14. karthy/Tamil american permalink
    June 1, 2009 12:20 am

    Accountant usa

    300,000 people are trapped in internment camps in Sri Lanka. Women are systematically raped, children are abducted and disappearing by government aligned paramilitaries, people are dying from starvation. NGOs are being denied access to the internment camps in Sri Lanka. The government has also forced the ICRC to leave and thousands of critically injured people are dying in the former conflict zone with no one to evacuate them or treat them. Please we want justice. we want tamil eelam.

  15. Kristy permalink
    June 1, 2009 9:40 am

    Please include me as a signatory:
    Kristy Koutsogiannis,
    Stylist,
    Strathfield
    N.S.W

  16. Dav Pillai permalink
    June 1, 2009 11:13 am

    2500 Years ago when the Jews were slaves in Egypt, Moses went and told the Egyptian King without any fear, “LET MY PEOPLE GO”.

    This is our turn to tell the whole world.

    “LET MY PEOPLE GO”

  17. Dinolia Moodley permalink
    June 1, 2009 11:33 am

    Please add me as a signatory to this statement.

    Miss Dinolia Moodley
    Key Account Manager
    Sydney, NSW

  18. ms. christine keavney teacher MA NSW permalink
    June 1, 2009 12:36 pm

    please add my name to this statement

  19. ms. christine keavney teacher MA NSW permalink
    June 1, 2009 12:40 pm

    The Sydney Tamil community well deserve Canberra’s recognition for
    the commitment and dignity with which they have conducted their campaign.

  20. Jey Gunasegaram.MD. permalink
    June 1, 2009 12:54 pm

    Please pass a ‘NO CoNFIDENCE”‘ VOTE on the UN & also on the UN Humanan Rights Council- ASAP.

  21. Maravel. permalink
    June 1, 2009 7:26 pm

    please include my name as a signatory to the sri lankan crisis statement.

    also, a no confidence motion should be passed on un secy. Banki Moon and his trusted representative Vijey Nambiar who was shuttling between sri lanka, india and uno consulting his brother Satheesh Nambiar who is paid by Sri Lanka for consultations.

    name; Mr. Nandakumar Sivaguru, public servant, Vic.

  22. R.Jegatheesan permalink
    June 1, 2009 10:14 pm

    I would like to be a signatory.

  23. S.Vijeyakumar permalink
    June 2, 2009 10:05 am

    please add my name to this statement

  24. Gunaratnam Yogaratnam permalink
    June 2, 2009 1:31 pm

    Please include my name to this statement. World must wake up to the injustice meted out to innocent tamil civilians

  25. Dr. Peter Slezak permalink
    June 2, 2009 1:39 pm

    Please add my name as signatory.

    Dr. Peter Slezak

    University Lecturer

    NSW

  26. Shiran de Soysa permalink
    June 2, 2009 6:01 pm

    Yes, the world must know what the LTTE has done to the innocent civilians

  27. Saradha Ramanathan permalink
    June 2, 2009 8:38 pm

    The continued genocide and human rights violations should be stopped. The international community should take action to monitor the situation and to provide humanitarian assistance. What is Sri Lanka trying to hide by not giving the international media and the international aid agencies unrestricted access? If Sri Lanka believes it did not get involved in war crimes, then why are they opposed to an international investigation? Using chemcial weapons, indiscriminate aerial bombardment since 1984, mass graves at Chemmani, shooting surrendering political wing members, holding doctors in undisclosed locations, etc are all war crimes. Why doesn’t the international community and the UN take action?

  28. Col. V Ramanathan permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:47 am

    Pensioner

  29. Fay Waddington permalink
    June 3, 2009 10:57 am

    Please add my name to this statement

  30. Biranavan Tharmaratnam permalink
    June 3, 2009 11:46 pm

    Mr. Biranavan Tharmaratnan

    Storeman

    NSW

    Please include me as a signatory. The Rajapakse government must be held accountable for it’s crimes against humanity.

  31. Ravi Shanker permalink
    June 4, 2009 12:11 am

    please add my name to this statement

  32. Jegajothy Vythilingam permalink
    June 4, 2009 2:18 am

    Please add my name as a signatory to this statement.

  33. Dr. Sashi Siva, Specialist Doctor, NSW permalink
    June 4, 2009 11:47 am

    The Australian government should not remain silent on this gross human rights traversity happening in Sri Lanka, LISTEN to your citizens and ACT NOW !

  34. Ragini Nithianandan permalink
    June 5, 2009 10:11 am

    Australian Government please help us to stop the genocide of tamils and recognise their rights to live peacefully in their homes in Sri Lanka.

  35. Thushyanthan Sivanantha permalink
    June 5, 2009 8:25 pm

    Please add my name to the list.
    Mr Thushyanthan Sivanantha, Dental Student, QLD

  36. Bharathi Kangatharan permalink
    June 6, 2009 12:26 am

    This is a terrible situation. Why hasnt international media been granted unlimited access to report from these detention camps? Has anyone taken a survey of the remaining villages in the North and East of Sri Lanka to see how many civilians have disappeared?

  37. Thilagavathi permalink
    June 7, 2009 4:08 pm

    Requesting government to take immediate action to stop this humanitarian crisis.

  38. Thilagavathi permalink
    June 7, 2009 4:16 pm

    Please add my name in list
    Mrs. Thilagavathi, Software Professional, CA, USA

    Requesting government to take immediate action to stop this humanitarian crisis.

  39. Bharath Rengasamy permalink
    June 7, 2009 4:16 pm

    Mr. Bharath Rengasamy Software Engineer Bachelor of Engineering CA, US.

    Please help people realize humanity and provide adequate facilities to victims of war.
    Allow peace to grow..

  40. Bhuvaneshwari Mathiazhagan permalink
    June 7, 2009 4:29 pm

    Please add my name to the list.
    Miss. Bhuvaneshwari Mathiazhagan, Software professional, Bachelor of Engineering, Washington USA

    We need a justice for the innocent tamil civilians in SriLanka. Human rights should be preserved.

  41. SEEVARATNAM permalink
    June 8, 2009 11:34 pm

    we needjustice for the innocent tamil civilians mainly the chidrens and mothers.in SRILANK HUMAN RIGHTS SOULD BE PRESERVED..

  42. Nadesu Nadanasabesan (Quantity Surveyor) permalink
    June 9, 2009 6:58 pm

    Please add my name in the list.
    Please act now and save the children.

  43. Mr Peter Schulz permalink
    June 10, 2009 12:55 am

    Please add my name to the statement. (Social Worker, South Australia).
    Why is it that the victims of terrorism are always the ones accused of terrorism?

  44. Kieran Easter permalink
    June 10, 2009 12:44 pm

    Kieran Easter, student, University of Sydney, NSW

  45. June 10, 2009 1:15 pm

    Queensland convenor Socialist Alliance & activist in Tamil Justice Brisbane

  46. Georgia Lowe permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:05 pm

    Ms Georgia Lowe, high-school student, Newcastle, NSW

  47. Vijayaraja permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:38 pm

    This is not a political or terrorist issue.This is a Humanitarian issue.Unarmed civilians who have no direct links to the conflict.They have been starved for years and many have been executed.Even in worst prison conditions I have not read any where even prisoners are starved in modern history except in Nazi Camps under Hitler.Shame on civilisation.Shame on all right thinking governments to watch humanity destroyed.Own citizens are starved and finally slaughtered.Shame on Sri lanka and tha world not criticising or condemning these acts.Fight the Stong people who have the guts.Not innocent kids and women and old folkes and people who have had no basic needs for years.

  48. Sangarapillai Ravindran permalink
    June 10, 2009 8:00 pm

    Please take immediate action without fail. Now they are distroying WMD in the camps to prove they have not used banned cluster bombs. Its obvious they are telling lies as usual.India is supporting Sri Lanka because they aided the war on tamils.

  49. Nadesan permalink
    June 12, 2009 9:52 am

    This is one of the most serious violations of the humanitarian laws after the second world war and such a tragedy occurring in this modern world with various conventions in place is unbelievable. These 300,000 odd people are innocent and have nothing to do with any wrong doing and why they should be locked up in this unfair and inhuman manner? Also unbelievable are the plight of the three doctors who should be rewarded for their galantry rather than being locked up. This is a violation of the Tokyo Declaration

  50. Kumar Lang permalink
    June 13, 2009 1:08 am

    You do not need to belong to the Tamil community to understand the untold suffering of Tamil civlians in Sri Lanka. The only qualification that you need to rise up and support the cause is to be a decent human being.

  51. Sophie Kingsford-Smith permalink
    June 13, 2009 2:18 pm

    Sophie Kingsford-Smith
    Student
    FBI College Glebe
    NSW

  52. lisa venaglia permalink
    June 13, 2009 6:19 pm

    Lisa Venaglia, University student and youth worker, Rockhampton, QLD. – please add my name to this statement

  53. karen bruce-allen, registered nurse permalink
    June 17, 2009 10:23 am

    Is Gerard Martin the only politician who will speak out? Our government must take action to support civilians.

  54. adam bruce-allen, nurse unit manger permalink
    June 17, 2009 10:27 am

    Australia must act or we are complicit in genocide

  55. Ms Kim Lewis BA (Psych) NSW permalink
    June 17, 2009 4:11 pm

    Please recoginse me as an Australian citizen who shares a deep concern about the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.

  56. Vasantha Wilson permalink
    June 18, 2009 12:02 pm

    Please help the Tamils in Sri Lanka to be able to live with dignity and with freedom in their own land. They are not beggars to be kept in camps surrounded by razor wire fences, they are well respected citizens who were able to live with dignity before the war. They have gone through untold hardship with loss of family members and loss of limbs, and deserve care and support at this time. Please help them to recover from all this pain that they are undergoing.

  57. Samantha Page permalink
    June 20, 2009 3:52 pm

    Please include me as a signatory:
    Samantha Page
    Student at Macquarie Universit

  58. Kana Sivanantha permalink
    June 22, 2009 3:30 am

    Tamil from Eazham

  59. Vanni permalink
    June 22, 2009 3:38 pm

    The tragedy of refugees in Sri Lanka, hidden from the eyes of the world
    by Nirmala Carvalho
    There is still no precise data on the number of people living in the centres. Colombo media do not speak of the plight of the internally displaced persons. An operator allowed into the Chettikulam camp states: “The Colombo government is only concerned with one thing: finding remaining members of the LTTE and killing them”.
    Mumbai (AsiaNews) – “Small children are suffering malnutrition and a lack of medicines. There are young girls who are pregnant, between 17 and 19 years of age, in need of care… the government has no capacity at all to handle this massive problem, no news so far has come out in the news papers in Sri Lanka, the rest of the nation is kept in dark regarding the situation of the refugees”.
    This is how a social worker recently describes the situation for the internally displaced persons (Idp) held in the refugee camp in Chettikulam 12 kilometres from Vavuniya to AsiaNews. He had visited the camp before (see AsiaNews 05/06/2009) and now he says: “some of our friends returned there yesterday and report that the situation is still serious”.
    Prasanna – a pseudonym to protect his anonymity – says that in Chettikulam there are more than 300 thousand people and added to that number, refugees who live in smaller camps dotted around the area of Mannar and Jaffna. But he adds that “there is still no data on the precise number of the refugees”.
    “No one speaks of the IDPs – says Prasanna – not a single photo is allowed out of the camp, no papers write anything about it, people do not know about the great tragedy is going on in their country”.
    The social worker appeals to the international community, “and in particular to the Indian government”, to show greater concern for the plight of the refugees. “The only interest of the Colombo government – says Prasanna – is to find more Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam members who are living in the camp and kill them”.
    UNHCR has taken satellite photos of the area occupied by the Chettikulam camp, “an immense area subdivided into different and separate zones”, the AsiaNews source explains. “The military brought us to one are and told us to help the people there. We have not been allowed to visit other zones. The area is so vast that it is impossible to estimate how many people are being held there”.
    http://new.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=15561

  60. Vanni permalink
    June 22, 2009 3:44 pm

    Hitler Reborn in SriLanka
    http://www.nabble.com/Fwd:-Hitler-Reborn-in-SriLanka-tt22987941.html

  61. Vanni permalink
    June 22, 2009 3:50 pm

    WAR CRIME,
    பேரினவாத பாசிட்டுகள் பிரபாகரனைக் கொத்திக் கொன்றனர் (படங்கள் இணைப்பு – கவனம் கோரமானவை) – போர்க்குற்றம்-1
    views discretion is advised

    http://www.tamilcircle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5792:prabhananthikadal&catid=277:2009

  62. Vanni permalink
    June 22, 2009 4:01 pm

    The world tested all its weapons on tamils through GOSL, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Why? can ban ki or akashi or any other leaders have answer? Now shelling is over but killing continue in concentration camps

  63. June 22, 2009 10:39 pm

    If you killed my brother and raped my sister in front of me and come back again to kill my younger brother and sister would you just stand and watch or take arm to defend your loved one? What will you do Mr.Obama,Mr.Gordon Brown,Mr.Ban Ki Moon,Hillary Clionton and you world leaders.

    If you people stand and watch the above babarian act on your sister and brother in the name of prevailing Justice than LTTE is wrong for taking arms,but if you cry and retaliate against the babarians without bothering the law as your ultimate goal at that time is just to save your brother and sister than LTTE is the most daring and loyal big brothers and sisters that had emerged in this world.The emerging of LTTEs are the consequences of babarianism of Sinhalese army,thugs,monk and the sinhalese people towards Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1948 till now.

    Those Tamil people burried underneath their motherland of Eezham will get their justice trough the Tamil people who are living on the ground of this world. JUSTICE may be blind at this time but it can be seen in the Dark very Soon.

  64. Nancy Judah permalink
    June 23, 2009 6:24 am

    In condemnation of Tamil genocide in the island of Sri Lanka and gross violations of human rights, please add me as a signatory. Australia act now!

    Nancy Judah

  65. Fionie Stavert permalink
    June 25, 2009 9:09 am

    The true mark of a democratic society is the quality of how the society treats the minority groups of that society.Sri Lanka has to do better.

  66. June 26, 2009 5:51 pm

    The price of freedom should not be suffering and death of thousands, otherwise it is merely a parody of justice.

  67. Animesh Chatterjee permalink
    June 27, 2009 10:14 pm

    Please add me as a signatory, with regards to Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka.

    Animesh Chatterjee

  68. luke weyland permalink
    June 29, 2009 1:57 pm

    Terrorism did in Sri Lanka did not begin with the LTTE – it began in the 1950s and the terrorists were the Sri Lankan military. Terrorism in Sri Lanka did not end with the LTTE surrender – it continues today.
    Sri Lankas Tamil population continues to be terrorised, tortured and killed by the army that is supposed to protect them. Those who supply weapons to the Sri Lankan army – are aiding acts of terrorism.

    The Tamil population must be free to determine whether or not they wish to remain part of a Singhalese dominated nation.

  69. Nicky permalink
    June 29, 2009 9:06 pm

    I strongly condemn the genocide of Tamil by the Sri Lanka’s Government!!!
    Please add me as a signatory.

  70. Sharengan permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:26 am

    Too many Nedas in Sri Lanka yet the world turns a blinds eye on it.

  71. Chaelliah Karunaharan permalink
    July 3, 2009 11:29 am

    Hi,

    It is a shame on the world to support a terorist governement going on a Genocide of Tamils.

  72. Nandita Reddy permalink
    July 3, 2009 1:08 pm

    TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE…

  73. Sriluxmy Manogharan permalink
    July 3, 2009 1:54 pm

    Sriluxmy Manogharan, Student University of Sydney, NSW

  74. patrick pathmanathan permalink
    July 3, 2009 2:01 pm

    The Eelam Tamil people wanted to live with dignity and they wanted to
    manage their own affairs.
    The Eelam Tamils overwhelmingly voted for self Governemnt.
    Under the cloak of terrorism The GOSL unleashed their genocide program with help of various world powers.
    The Whole world looked with their open eyes the massacre of 10s of 1000s of innocent civilians, who were all terrorists from unborn child to meak and infirm old people.
    If anyone is humane, the only thing they need to do is to tighten the screws on Sri Lanka and tell them “DO IT OR WE WILL DO IT FOR U”.
    THEY ALL SOFT PADDLE UNTIL AT LEAST ANOTHER 200,000 ARE
    SLAUGHTERED IN THE INTERNMENT CAMPS.
    Come on world!! open up ur hearts.

  75. K. Paskarajothy permalink
    July 3, 2009 3:37 pm

    United Nations does not have any power to stop a genocide even we tell them in advance its going to happen. LTTE paved the way, we will fight.

  76. S.Vahkisvaran permalink
    July 3, 2009 4:10 pm

    It’s mere waste of time & energy. It’s easy to wake up a man who is snoring than trying to wake up a world that is sleeping (pretending). This is because they are deaf, dumb & blind to genocide which the world created for their own benefit. Humanitarianism, terrorism, can the (un)educated wise explain the meaning. Lip service & no action is only to help finish their aim in no time by the world helping to keep people in concentration camps & UN to drain so much of hard earned money & be given the boot. Any one willing to go for a free air ride to see what, return to talk what.

  77. Dr Bala Muhunthan permalink
    July 3, 2009 11:46 pm

    The world is watching the Tamils being slowly eradicated from Sri Lanka. The whole of Jaffna peninsula is like an occupied territory plus the camps with over 300,000 Tamils and the rest of Vanni is due to be colonised. It has been planned very carefully and even the moderate Sinhalese are keeping quiet!

  78. jude st george permalink
    July 6, 2009 12:18 am

    Please add me as a signatory.

  79. Rajah Jesurajah permalink
    July 6, 2009 11:43 am

    Please add my nane in the list

    Request International Commumity and the Australian Government to act immediately to stop this Humanitarian Crisis.

  80. tmorgan permalink
    September 2, 2009 3:48 am

    Freedom does come with some responsibilities but the burden on the Lankan govt is to make “hate speech” Laws & then prove journalist Tissainayagam incited violence, not to use terrorist laws to subvert Lanka’s constitutional protections. If Judge Deepali Wijesundara belongs to any international associations, I hope they censure her.

    [Karuna] abducted and forcibly enlisted child soldiers being given a ministerial position and someone who voiced out his dissent being clapped in prison for 20 year under RI! Isn’t that twisted?
    http://messiahofmadness.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/what-freedom/

  81. Rachael Lord permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:09 am

    Please add my name

    Rachael Lord, Student, UTS

  82. September 12, 2009 7:10 am

    If the violence and injustice meted out to the Tamils of Sri Lanka is allowed to stand, it will blight not only the future of that country but many others where governments may take note of the precedent. These are dangerous developments, and to oppose them, and offer solidarity with the Tamils, must be regarded as urgent priorities for anyone committed to justice and human rights.

  83. September 12, 2009 7:12 am

    Jake Lynch, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

  84. sunil Ranasinghe permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:11 pm

    GOSL imposed number of rules and military action silent the people who against the brutal system of mono culture, especially for the minorities, country could be the next military regime in Indian Ocean.

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