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Tamil candlelight vigil and walk for peace in Melbourne

April 22, 2009

Melbourne Tamils will light candles at Federation Square for the thousands of Tamils killed in northern Sri Lanka. Several hundred Tamils are expected to attend as the community’s anxiety deepens over the fate of hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees.

Human rights organisations have warned a ‘bloodbath’ imminent as the Sri Lankan military continues its offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

 Since 20th April 2009, over 2,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan military.

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    April 22, 2009 10:23 pm

    MEDIA RELEASE – 22 April 2009

    Tamil ‘candlelight’ vigil and walk for peace

    Melbourne Tamils will light candles at Federation Square for the thousands of Tamils killed in northern Sri Lanka. Several hundred Tamils are expected to attend as the community’s anxiety deepens over the fate of hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees.

    Human rights organisations have warned a ‘bloodbath’ imminent as the Sri Lankan military continues its offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

    Since 20th April 2009, over 2,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan military.

    International observers and aid organisations are obstructed from the 200,000 refugees in Government-controlled camps. These camps are operated by the military. Human Rights Watch described them as being akin to ‘concentration camps’ because of the horrific living conditions.

    Freedom of movement is restricted and families are forcibly separated from each other. Military officials deny people their right to go out of the refugee camp or return to their homes. There are reports of sexual abuse, compulsory abortion and exploitation by military officials.

    “The suffering must be brought at an end, immediately. War is not the path to peace” says Haran Thanabalasingam, a counsellor and organiser of the vigil.

    “Australia and other leading foreign governments must do all they can to stop this war. The humanitarian cost is unbearable.”

    The vigil and walk for peace will start Thursday, 23rd April, at 4pm at Federation Square and end at 6pm in front of the Parliament.

    For more information, contact:

    George Bharani – 0450 477 455

    Shan Kumar – 0409 093 291

    Siva Murukupillai – 0404 894 591

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