• AUSTRALIAN GOVT. DEPORTATIONS ‘A SHAMEFUL ACT’

    From the Tamil Refugee Council Press Office. February 20, 2015. Melbourne, Friday – Four asylum-seekers immediately returned to Sri Lanka after being intercepted on a boat at sea by Australian authorities near the Cocos Islands earlier this month face jail and torture, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. “This is another shameful act by a callous Australian government,” said Tamil […]

    AUSTRALIAN GOVT. DEPORTATIONS ‘A SHAMEFUL ACT’
  • THE FIX IS IN: TAMILS BETRAYED ONCE AGAIN

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT. Betrayal is the noun most commonly used by Tamils to describe the actions of successive Sinhalese governments, and the international community, since Britain handed Sri Lanka its independence in 1948. It’s also the most appropriate word, given the history of deception and hood-winking that goes back almost a century. In 1920 Sinhalese chauvinists reneged on an […]

    THE FIX IS IN: TAMILS BETRAYED ONCE AGAIN
  • SIRISENA KEEPS MILITARY JACKBOOT ON TAMIL THROATS

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: It was as predictable as rain in the monsoon season. The new Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena this week issued a proclamation that the military would be granted civil police powers for “the maintenance of public order”. These, of course, are the same authoritarian powers that existed under his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa and were condemned by […]

    SIRISENA KEEPS MILITARY JACKBOOT ON TAMIL THROATS
  • ACTIVISTS BLOCK TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKER’S REMOVAL

    Melbourne, Monday – A 25-year-old Tamil man facing deportation to Sri Lanka has thanked Melbourne protesters who were today able to prevent him from being flown to Darwin from Melbourne airport today. Puvaneethan, who fears he will be tortured if returned to Sri Lanka, returned to the Melbourne Immigration Detention Centre this afternoon after an aborted attempt by Immigration officials […]

    ACTIVISTS BLOCK TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKER’S REMOVAL
  • TAMIL MAN FEARS TORTURE IF DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA

    Melbourne, Sunday, February 1, 2015 – A 25-year-old Tamil asylum-seeker fears he will be tortured if the Australian government goes ahead with its’ plan to send him back to Sri Lanka. Puvaneethan is set to be moved from detention in Melbourne to Darwin tomorrow at 9 a.m. in what is believed to be preparation for his forced deportation. Yesterday he […]

    TAMIL MAN FEARS TORTURE IF DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA

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TAMILS GET NO REWARD FOR SIRISENA SUPPORT

TAMILS GET NO REWARD FOR SIRISENA SUPPORT

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT.   The perks of political office too often provide a comfortable buffer between parliamentary representatives and the ordinary citizens they are meant to serve. In Sri Lanka it has been more like a chasm than a buffer, particularly for the party that claims to represent Tamils in the national parliament. And now, with a new president […]

AUSTRALIA EXPOSED AS RAJAPAKSA CRIMES REVEALED

AUSTRALIA EXPOSED AS RAJAPAKSA CRIMES REVEALED

  OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT* The sinister workings of the defeated Rajapaksa regime are being laid before the people of Sri Lanka for the first time in a post-election public purge designed to reinforce the status of the new president, Maithripala Sirisena, and allow him and his backers to claim a new era has dawned for the country. At the […]

A cell in The Hague, the nightmare for Colombo’s rulers

A cell in The Hague, the nightmare for Colombo’s rulers

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: The transformation of Maithripala Sirisena in the past two months ranks among the most successful election make-overs in modern history. By the time Sri Lanka went to the polls this week, Sirisena had undergone a change that would have been envied by the most skilled Hollywood make-up artist. The face of complicity in a brutal, corrupt, […]

Australia urged to push for new way in Sri Lanka

Australia urged to push for new way in Sri Lanka

The Tamil Refugee Council urges the Australian government to use the change of leadership in Sri Lanka to push for a resolution to the country’s most pressing issue – the long-standing oppression and persecution of Tamils. Mahinda Rajapaksa, president since 2005, conceded defeat in the election today, allowing his former ally, Maithripala Sirisena, to take over the leadership of the […]

The targeting of Tamil women through militarization : A lesson in history

The targeting of Tamil women through militarization : A lesson in history

By Cressida: The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) captured the Jaffna peninsula from the LTTE in December 1995.  The SLA’s premeditated coldblooded murder of thousands of civilians during this so-called ‘Battle of Jaffna’ much before the genocidal attacks of 2009 has been well documented. As a consequence of this occupation by the SLA of Jaffna the whole peninsula was militarized which […]

Torture is okay by Australia: Just ask Abbott

Torture is okay by Australia: Just ask Abbott

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: While it created the predictable media waves for a few days, it was hardly a shock to learn from a US Senate report this week that the CIA used torture as standard practice in the so-called war on terror. The world was also remarkably unsurprised to learn that US allies, such as Australia, were in on […]

How corruption became the norm for Rajapaksa

How corruption became the norm for Rajapaksa

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: Absolute entitlement, above all else, is the driving force behind the Sinhalese chauvinists who control the political and economic machinery of Sri Lanka. Ever since the British departed in 1947 and left a constitution that allowed the majority Sinhalese to begin its brutal, unrelenting oppression of the Tamils, the belief that the island, and all its […]

An election with no choice for Tamils

An election with no choice for Tamils

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT: The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa siphons millions of dollars from the public purse every year to employ international propagandists to try to launder his image and somehow make people forget he’s currently being investigated for war crimes. Yet the foul odour of brazen corruption, illegality and brutality never leaves him. It’s ingrained in his Sinhalese […]

Australia deports more Sri Lankans to danger

Australia deports more Sri Lankans to danger

Tamil Refugee Council: The Australian government has almost certainly condemned another group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers to persecution, including torture, by returning them to their homeland, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. The Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, announced today that a boat containing 38 people from Sri Lanka had been intercepted by an Australian customs vessel near the Cocos […]

Losing Territory: Land grabs in Tamil Eelam

Losing Territory: Land grabs in Tamil Eelam

By Cressida: The claim to the right of self-determination by the Tamils in Tamil Eelam from early days has been based on their identifying themselves as a separate Nation. Traditional understandings of the concept of nationhood have focused on the said People sharing a common language, ethnic identity, history, culture and more relevantly be in occupation of a definite territory. […]