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Australian Tamil school students present letter to Prime Minister Rudd

May 1, 2009

Dear Hon Kevin Rudd,

We are here today as voices for our uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters and friends who are trapped in the war zone in NorthEast Sri Lanka.

We as Australian students are very concerned about the civilians in NorthEast Sri Lanka. Children the same age as us don not have the freedom we have today in Australia. They are unable to seek education. They have no food, no clean water, no shelter and are scared of being killed during every minute of their life! Every morning they wake up hearing bomb blasts and people crying. They wake up with the fear of finding out who had died this time.

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  1. fastuntoactionaust permalink
    May 1, 2009 1:32 pm

    1 May 2009

    P O Box 6022

    House of Representatives

    Parliament House

    Canberra ACT 2600

    Dear Hon Kevin Rudd,

    We are here today as voices for our uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters and friends who are trapped in the war zone in NorthEast Sri Lanka.

    We as Australian students are very concerned about the civilians in NorthEast Sri Lanka. Children the same age as us don not have the freedom we have today in Australia. They are unable to seek education. They have no food, no clean water, no shelter and are scared of being killed during every minute of their life! Every morning they wake up hearing bomb blasts and people crying. They wake up with the fear of finding out who had died this time.

    All of this is not what we as Australians go through everyday of our life. We, being brought up in Australia, know of democracy and freedom. The fact that people exactly like us are being denied basic human rights is very heartbreaking.

    We have not heard from our families and relatives in the war zone area for many months now. Instead of asking the Tamil people to leave their home, the land they have been living in for thousands of years, the Sri Lankan government should be pushed by the international community to stop their aerial bombings and artillery attacks on innocent civilians.

    The humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka had reached its peak, as the Sri Lankan government continues its genocide of Tamils. They have designated a so called no-fire safe zone area yet they continue to bomb this area, using cluster bombs, white phosphorus and chemical weapons which are all violations of international humanitarian law.

    According to UN, in the past three months, 6500 people have been killed and 20 000 casualties have resulted. The Liberations Tigers of Tamil Eelam along with several other countries including the UN have called for a ceasefire and yet the Sri Lankan government has rejected this. They have refused to let in medical aid, food and water into the conflict zone. They have also denied the access of any media or independent reporters into the area, so the voices of the affected remain unheard.

    Hence, we ask for Australia to cut trade links with Sri Lanka, as by purchasing Sri Lankan made products, we are indirectly contributing to the brutal acts of the Sri Lankan government on Tamil people.

    As young Australians, we feel that it is vital for Australia to understand the grief experienced by us. Our relatives’ plight to freedom and justice is felt by us too. Despite many demonstrations held by our community here, the Australian government has not yet taken any concrete action to hear the grievances of its citizens.

    We cannot allow for our race and heritage to be destroyed. We believe every human being deserves to live with freedom and peace and the Tamil people are no exception.

    Yours sincerely,
    Australian Tamil students

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