• Images of genocide still haunt the Tamils

    As the commemoration of the 1983 Black July pogrom comes around once again, I return, as usual, to a single image which was long ago seared into my brain. It is of a naked Tamil man, set alight and slowly burning to death in a Colombo street, as his Sinhalese attackers gleefully dance in a circle around him. Like the […]

    Images of genocide still haunt the Tamils
  • AUSTRALIA ROLLS OUT RED CARPET TO EXTREMIST MONK

    As the Australian government happily trashes the country’s international reputation in order to keep asylum-seekers at bay, there is no end to its cynical accommodation of the brutal regime in Sri Lanka. News of Australia’s latest move in support of the Rajapaksa government emerged just a few days after the Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Sri Lanka to […]

    AUSTRALIA ROLLS OUT RED CARPET TO EXTREMIST MONK
  • ‘WHERE IS FEBRINA?’ THE WORLD ASKS A CRUEL AUSTRALIA

    This week a gorgeous three-year-old Tamil girl in a fairy costume became the public face of the despair and suffering that is at the core of Australia’s vicious, racist policy on asylum-seekers. Little Febrina’s smiling face beamed out from the front pages of newspapers around the world and brought home to everyone why Australia, once the welcoming ‘lucky country,’ has […]

    ‘WHERE IS FEBRINA?’ THE WORLD ASKS A CRUEL AUSTRALIA
  • TAMIL RELATIVE MAKES PLEA TO MORRISON: ‘DON’T HARM OUR BABY’

    A relative of a three-year-old girl missing on the ‘disappeared’ Tamil asylum-seeker boat has made a personal plea to Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, to protect his family from harm. “I am desperate to know where my family is. I can’t function at all not knowing. I know all of them would be in very big trouble if sent back […]

    TAMIL RELATIVE MAKES PLEA TO MORRISON: ‘DON’T HARM OUR BABY’
  • ‘CRIMINAL’ AUSTRALIA VIOLATES TAMIL HUMAN RIGHTS

    The Australian government’s reputation as a supposed strong defender of human rights’ has been in free fall for several years but it reached a frightening new low this week. With its’ criminal, secretive abrogation of its responsibilities to a boatload of Tamil asylum-seekers, it has become an unashamed perpetrator of human rights’ abuses. The Australian Government this week achieved new […]

    ‘CRIMINAL’ AUSTRALIA VIOLATES TAMIL HUMAN RIGHTS

Latest News

AUSTRALIA SENDING TAMIL VICTIMS BACK TO TORTURE CHAMBERS – RELATIVE

AUSTRALIA SENDING TAMIL VICTIMS BACK TO TORTURE CHAMBERS – RELATIVE

At least 11 Tamil asylum-seekers on a boat Australia has reportedly handed back to the Sri Lankan navy have previously been jailed and tortured in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Refugee Council has learned. Tamil Refugee Council convenor, Aran Mylvaganam, last night spoke to a relative of several occupants on the boat today. “These people are being sent back to a […]

Read more ›
RAJAPAKSA HUMILIATED WITHIN HIS OWN CABINET

RAJAPAKSA HUMILIATED WITHIN HIS OWN CABINET

As Sri Lanka once again reverberates to the distressing sights of Government-approved violence against an ethnic minority, the president Mahinda Rajapaksa has suffered a humiliating attack from one of his own cabinet colleagues over his role in the violence. Like all dictators who live in fear of come-uppance, the Sri Lankan president spends his days dancing at shadows and terrorising […]

Read more ›
STARK REMINDER OF BLACK JULY IN ANTI-MUSLIM RIOTS

STARK REMINDER OF BLACK JULY IN ANTI-MUSLIM RIOTS

As innocent Muslims were being murdered and their homes and businesses torched by Government-backed Buddhist extremists this week in the south of Sri Lanka — while the police folded their arms and took in the blood-curdling spectacle from the sidelines — the world got yet another revealing snapshot of a genocidal supremacist regime in action. Indeed, it was a sight […]

Read more ›
ANOTHER TAMIL ATTEMPTS SELF-IMMOLATION

ANOTHER TAMIL ATTEMPTS SELF-IMMOLATION

Another Tamil asylum-seeker has attempted self-immolation in Melbourne as fear of being returned to torture in Sri Lanka grips the Tamil refugee community in Australia. Raja* was taken by ambulance to Dandenong Hospital late last night after he splashed petrol on himself and tried to set himself alight at his house in the south-eastern suburb of Noble Park. His house-mates […]

Read more ›
GRIEVING PARENTS TO MISS ASYLUM-SEEKER’S FUNERAL

GRIEVING PARENTS TO MISS ASYLUM-SEEKER’S FUNERAL

The funeral of Tamil asylum-seeker, Leo Seemanpillai, will go ahead on Wednesday without his parents there, after the Australian Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, refused to use his discretionary powers to give them a visa. “Leo’s parents were blocked at every turning in their attempts to come here to say goodbye to their son. The Australian government could have helped but […]

Read more ›
PUBLIC VIGIL FOR LEO SEEMANPILLAI IN GEELONG (PICTURES)

PUBLIC VIGIL FOR LEO SEEMANPILLAI IN GEELONG (PICTURES)

Hundreds of people joined a candlelight vigil for late Leo Seemanpillai in central Geelong today. Combined Refugee Action Group organised the vigil.  

Read more ›
LEO’S FATHER DENIES MORRISON CLAIM ON FAMILY CONTACT

LEO’S FATHER DENIES MORRISON CLAIM ON FAMILY CONTACT

The family of Tamil asylum-seeker Leo Seemanpillai says it has received no contact from the Australian immigration department, despite claims to the contrary made today by Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison. The family wants to come to Australia next week for the funeral of their son, who died after self-immolating in a Geelong street last week after expressing fears he would […]

Read more ›
AS LEO DIES, AUSTRALIA SIGNS ON TO ASSIST THE TERROR THAT KILLED HIM

AS LEO DIES, AUSTRALIA SIGNS ON TO ASSIST THE TERROR THAT KILLED HIM

As the Tamil diaspora in Australia and its non-Tamil supporters mourned the tragic death of Tamil asylum-seeker, Leo Seemanpillai this week, the Australian Government was busily doing its best to remain complicit in the terror that brought about the tragedy. Like so many other asylum seekers, Leo, who arrived here in January 2013, had been living in the community on […]

Read more ›
TAMIL MAN DIES AFTER SELF-IMMOLATING IN GEELONG

TAMIL MAN DIES AFTER SELF-IMMOLATING IN GEELONG

The death through self-immolation of a Tamil asylum seeker in Geelong on Sunday is further evidence that the Australian Government’s refugee policy is killing people, a spokesman for the Tamil Refugee Council said today. “Leo Seemanpillai was just 29 years of age and had everything to live for. But the psychological suffering he has been put through by the Australian […]

Read more ›
SAY ‘NO’ TO SRI LANKA, AND DILMAH TEA

SAY ‘NO’ TO SRI LANKA, AND DILMAH TEA

It was a scene that has been played out many times since the brutal end to the civil war in the Tamil homeland. Last year the Sri Lankan defence secretary and accused war criminal, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, stood alongside one of Sri Lanka’s richest men, Merrill Fernando, cutting a ribbon to open a new war memorial that purports to be about […]

Read more ›