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Green Left on the Tamil struggle

June 22, 2009

Green Left – Calls made to not forget the Tamils

At a seminar at NSW Parliament House on June 16 discussed the current dire situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka and the need for the Rudd Labor government to step up and help protect human rights there.

A seminar at NSW Parliament House on June 16 discussed the current dire situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka and the need for the Rudd Labor government to step up and help protect human rights there.

The 60-strong meeting heard from Tamil leader Dr Sam Pari. Pari said that since the Sri Lankan government reported it had “won” the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 19, there had been repeated accusations of human rights violations and war crimes on both sides of the conflict.

“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has repeatedly called for an international independent investigation into such violations”, she said. “However, Sri Lanka has blatantly opposed such an idea.”

Pari criticised the Sri Lankan government for still refusing unrestricted access for international aid groups or independent observers to visit the government concentration camps. The camps are thought to hold about 300,000 Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka’s north-east.

Pari said: “Allegations of rape, torture and abductions continue to emerge from the concentration camps. An estimated 10,000 Tamils have been taken away for interrogation by security forces and their whereabouts are unknown.”

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Photo taken at the forum in Canberra

Photo taken at the forum in Canberra

Photo taken at the forum in Canberra

Photo taken at the forum in Canberra

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