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April 14, 2009

ABC : Tamils call on Govt to push for ceasefire

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    April 14, 2009 8:09 am

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on 13th April 2009

    Fast unto Action

    Today (April 13th 2009), members of the Australian Tamil community will gather in Dandenong Park, Victoria at 2 pm to call for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka. Four Australian Tamils are to embark on a hunger strike at 2pm on Monday 13 April 2009 in Dandenong Park, Victoria. They have placed four demands which they trust can be met through the actions of the Government of Australia.

    Tamils around the world have rallied against the military aggression of the Sri Lankan state directed at their brethren in Sri Lanka.

    From January 1st 2009 to March 30th 2009, 3812 Tamil civilians have been killed by the Sri Lankan Army. This includes more than 900 children. Reports filtering out from the heavily censored war zone state that acts of state sponsored terrorism have now included the use of chemical weapons, similar to that used by Saddam Hussein against the Kurdish people. This is in addition to the use of phosphorous bombs, which caused so much international outcry when used in the Gaza strip, and cluster bombs, which were outlawed by 104 countries around the world in December, 2008.

    “Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘no-fire zone’ is now one of the most dangerous places in the world…The Security Council has quibbled over protocol when it should be acting to bring an end to this ghastly loss of life.”
    – Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch

    “Too many lives have been lost, and each day we keep silent we allow more deaths to occur. It is important that the Government of Australia and the international community recognise that the ’targeting of a minority’ has been taking place for decades. What we see taking place today is but a culmination of successive attacks targeting the Tamils.”
    – Hon. Ian Cohen, Member New South Wales Parliament, Australia

    “Sri Lanka’s Government is ‘slaughtering’ civilians with indiscriminate shelling”
    – Human Rights Watch

    “The deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation throughout the war-afflicted areas of northern and eastern Sri Lanka warrants immediate attention and action by the Security Council,”
    – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    Four Australian Tamils are to embark on a hunger strike at 2pm on Monday 13 April 2009 in Dandenong Park, Victoria. They have placed four demands which they trust can be met through the actions of the Government of Australia. Our Government has the ability to use its diplomatic powers to push the Government of Sri Lanka to:

    effect an immediate and permanent ceasefire to alleviate the suffering of the civilians in the conflict zone;
    allow food, medicine and aid into the conflict zone;
    allow the Tamil people, both in the conflict zone and those indefinitely detained in concentration camps in government-held areas, to decide independently where they wish to reside
    permit unrestricted access to independent monitors, human rights workers and journalists

    We request that The Australian Government and its people act now to save the Tamil civilians facing genocide. The international community must act on lessons from history (Ruwanda) and not ignore this imminent human catastrophe.

    For further enquiries, please contact:
    Mr Barani George – 0450 477 455
    Mr Haran Thanabal – 0402 078 430

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