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*** Please note – we have changed our blog name from “Fast Unto Action” to “Australians for Tamil Justice” ***

**** contact us by emailing  australiansfortamiljustice@gmail.com ******

We, a group of Australians are increasingly worried about what is happening to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

We will continue to use this blog to post articles, thoughts, campaigns, hopes and visions as a way to our own sanity…and hopefully as a way to help you understand what is going on to the 300 000 Tamils living in Sri Lankan government concentration camps, the 10 000 plus Tamils who have disappeared in Sri Lankan Government controlled areas and the more than 30 000 Tamils killed in the recent phase of the Tamil’s struggle for homeland.

Originally this site was called ‘FastUntoAction’ which comes from the first campaign we ran early in 2009, when nine tertiary students fasted at Martin Place, Sydney to make the Australian government acknowledge the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.

If you would like to contact us please do so at australiansfortamiljustice@gmail.com

Australians for Tamil Justice is not an organisation or society with members. Our blog provides a forum for opinions that are those of their authors and not those of Australians for Tamil Justice organizers or signatories of any of our petitions or statements. We cannot be held liable for any comments that may be deemed as offensive to any party.

Australians for Tamil Justice endorses The Australian Tamil Congress

Australians for Tamil Justice endorses the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice

Sri Lanka Campaign Website


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300km for 300,000 lives – FREE300K

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Seran Sribalan and Vishna Sivaraj, two young Australians walked 300 km from Sydney to Canberra to create awareness of the plight of 300,000 civilians being forcibly detained in military controlled internment camps in the island of Sri Lanka.

Seran Sribalan and Vishna Sivaraj had family members detained within the military run internment camps. They walked for 9 days, passing through Sydney city and country towns en route to Federal Parliament House in Canberra, where the ‘300km for 300,000 lives’ campaign conclude at 12.30pm on Tuesday 18 August. A lunch time discussion took place in Federal Parliament House to coincide with their arrival.

Events were held at each pit stop along the route.

Seran and Vishna appealed to the Ministers of Parliament and Senators they met to urge Australian government to apply more diplomatic pressure upon the Sri Lankan government to ensure the Tamils detained within the camps are released and re-settled back in their own villages.

Both have no professional athletic background and have had no professional training.

For more information on their campaign visit www.free300k.com

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Fast Unto Action Campaign – Part III

 

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Sutha was one of six hunger strikers who ceased their fast on the seventh day after a DFAT representative assured them Australia would do all it could to push Sri Lanka to enter a cease-fire.

However, since then while Australia has not engaged in any such action, Sutha lost his younger brother who was killed in a Sri Lanka Air Force bombing in the no fire safe zone in Northern Sri Lanka. The news reached him through relatives and Sutha does not even know the date of his brother’s death. He has not spoken to his father, mother or sisters for over 6 months.

Sutha recommenced his hunger strike on 3 May 2009.

He has four demands which they want met through the actions of the Government of Australia, which has the ability to use its diplomatic powers to push the Government of Sri Lanka:

1. to enter an immediate ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;

2. to immediately allow food, medicine and aid into the conflict zone;

3. to allow vital services, including medical services into the conflict zone;

4. and the international community to 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.

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Fast Unto Action Campaign – Part II

 

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In the first three months of this year alone, over 3500 Tamil civilians have been killed and over 12,000 Tamil causalities resulted due to the Government of Sri Lanka’s bombing of hospitals and civilian targets both inside and outside its self declared safe zone. There is evidence of the Sri Lankan Army’s use of cluster bombs, white phosphorous and chemical weapons in these attacks. They have also banned medicine, aid and food from entering the conflict zone, effectively using starvation as a weapon of war. These breach international law and are war crimes.

Three young Tamil Australians are to embark on a hunger strike at 5pm on Saturday 11 April 2009.

They have four demands which they want met through the actions of the Government of Australia, which has the ability to use its diplomatic powers to push the Government of Sri Lanka:

1. to enter an immediate ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;

2. to immediately allow food, medicine and aid into the conflict zone;

3. to allow vital services, including medical services into the conflict zone;

4. and the international community to 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.

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Fast Unto Action Campaign – Part I

 

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A hunger strike was started on the 28th of January, in Sydney’s CBD, to urge the Australian government to support calls for a cease-fire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and State Armed Forces in Sri Lanka.

Organised by the Australian Tamil Students (ATS), a national coalition of tertiary students, the protest aims to bring light to the intolerable silence and lack of international condemnation to the unfolding genocide in Sri Lanka.

The campaign comes only days after the Sri Lankan military is said to have killed 300 Tamil civilians in an agreed “safety zone”, where government ministers had earlier instructed people to take shelter, promising safe refuge.

The participants are calling on the Australian government to condemn the attacks on civilian populations and support calls for a ceasefire, as aid organisations and some other governments have.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says a quarter of a million are trapped within 250 sq km of intense combat with virtually NO medical care available [27/01/09]:

“Hospitals and ambulances have been hit by shelling and several aid workers have been injured while evacuating the wounded. The violence is preventing the International Committee of the Red Cross from operating in the region,” said ICRC’s Jacques de Maio, further adding that they did not receive security clearance to evacuate 200 critically wounded people, who now face certain death.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre [27/01/09]:

In an official statement said that his government condemned the ongoing war in Sri Lanka which has caused “unacceptable sufferings to the civilians,” in the country.

Former U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Fein [24/01/09]:

“There can be no difference of opinion over the fact that what is happening to Tamils in Sri Lanka is a clear-cut case of genocide.”

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier [22/01/09]:

“They have been completely cut off from international aid for more than 10 days…The most important thing now is to negotiate a ceasefire.”

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Sri Lankan Crisis Statement Campaign

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Please visit www.srilankancrisis.com

More to follow soon…

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Nala Sandrasegaran permalink
    January 29, 2009 10:17 pm

    Selfless and bold effort. Good luck and take care of your health. Youth like you 9 are the gems in our community. Hope your efforts are fruitful.

  2. Sie.Kathieravealu permalink
    March 9, 2009 2:02 pm

    What is the present condition of those students who are participating in the “Fast unto Action” campaign?

    It is also understood that a similar campaign started by eight students in America and had been encouraged by many others by participation.

    One humble appeal. Please do not limit this campaign to “Tamil Students”. Please enlighten non-Tamil students by personally approaching them with a view to get their support for the cause.

    Not only in Australia but in other countries too similar action has to be taken to enlist the support of the non-Tamil student community by enlightening them of the present situation as well as the root causes that led to the present situation.

    It is through the common people and the student community that we can muster the necessary world support for the Tamils to live in dignity in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

    Non-violent struggle FAILED in Sri Lanka BUT it can help us to win our legitimate rights in mustering the support of the majority of the countries.

  3. Terminator permalink
    March 21, 2009 9:49 am

    Dear Eelamtards,

    I wish you every success in your fasting. Please show your commitment to Eelam and fast to the death. It’s the only way to be sure. Or better still get to Sri Lanka and fight. Everything else is just hot air. Happy fasting. Your struggle has just entered its terminal stage and soon you’ll be like the Cuban exiles in Miami. Hoping and waiting.

  4. Terminator permalink
    March 21, 2009 9:52 am

    Oh, I forgot to mention the gem above about a ‘non violent struggle’ having failed in Sri Lanka.

    How is the air in your planet. If what Sri Lanka has experienced from the LTTE is ‘non-violent’ you are truly demented. But hey, Eelam is just around the corner, right!

  5. Gauhar Siraj permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:46 pm

    I think the manner in which LTTE wiped out every other group and opinion has left the entire Tamil community worse off. Who would believe this “non-violent” comment of yours? The entire world know what LTTE did and stood for. It is sad to see how the Tamils have driven themselves in to a corner ideologically and morally.

    I think there is still time for the Tamil community to change its strategy, give up violence unilaterally and engage the Sri Lankans in talks. I hope the ongoing war stops quickly so that peace building can begin.

    My best wishes to you all.

    Gauhar Siraj
    Kashmir

  6. April 17, 2009 10:10 pm

    Gauhar Siraj’s comment is reminiscent of Zionists who berate the Palestinians for picking up the gun. He seems to be totally blind to the infinitely greater violence of the Sinhala chauvanist Sri Lankan state, which has historically & currently left Tamils with little choice but to respond in kind. Yours is a just struggle against oppression and genocide in Sri Lanka, and this blog is a fine contribution to promoting awareness of it. You have my full support.

  7. luke weyland permalink
    May 18, 2009 1:31 am

    As a member of Socialist Alliance I fully support the Tamil’s struggle for self detmination. I abhore the attacks made against the Tamil Community both in Sri Lanka and today’s in Sydney Australia. I uderstand that the LTTE are the legitimate voice of the Tamil’s struggle against oppression. This struggle is far from over.

  8. J. S. permalink
    August 10, 2009 11:12 pm

    Where do you go from here. Pathmanaban’s arrest is distressing!

  9. Bala Sunderam permalink
    September 15, 2009 10:56 pm

    If there are any more moderate Tamil Leaders send them to heaven or hell. LTTE will look after the Tamil people.Long live the LTTE!!

    Ana Puveneetharajah
    Chennai.

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