• AMONG THE WALKING DEAD OF INDIA’S REFUGEE CAMPS

    By TREVOR GRANT *, who recently visited refugee camps in India and spoke with the family of a Tamil asylum-seeker originally from Sri Lanka, Leo Seemanpillai, who self-immolated in Australia in June last year.   Dusk is descending upon the Abdullapuram refugee camp, 120 kilometres outside Chennai, India. Most of the 1500 Tamil refugees in this open -air prison are […]

    AMONG THE WALKING DEAD OF INDIA’S REFUGEE CAMPS
  • REGIME CHANGE WON’T STOP TAMIL SUFFERING

    OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT It appears there’s no stopping the vigorous promotion of new president Maithripala Sirisena as a man of peace and goodwill who will bring justice and harmony to all Sri Lanka, including the Tamil homelands. The local and international media cannot get enough of this story of wondrous overnight change; of acknowledgment of past sins; of the […]

    REGIME CHANGE WON’T STOP TAMIL SUFFERING
  • AUSTRALIANS WALK FOR TAMIL JUSTICE

    Australians in Glen Waverley and Sunshine will be walking in force to the State Library of Victoria on Sunday 15th March to alert Australians to war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka. Campaign for Tamil Justice Spokesperson, said a large group of people will conduct a peaceful walk this Sunday, while the United Nations Human Rights Council discusses human rights […]

    AUSTRALIANS WALK FOR TAMIL JUSTICE
  • AUSTRALIA SNARED IN A TANGLED WEB OF COLLUSION

    OPINION: BY TREVOR GRANT Australia’s tangled web of collusion with the brutal Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka continues to enmesh the Abbott government as more evidence exposes its stunning disregard for transparent, principled foreign policy. Last week we learned that Australia had agreed to stay silent on Sri Lankan government human rights’ abuses in order to get  the-then president Mahinda […]

    AUSTRALIA SNARED IN A TANGLED WEB OF COLLUSION
  • How Australia is crushing the life out of little Febrina

    FEATURE: BY TREVOR GRANT When I look into those gorgeous sparkling eyes of three-year-old Febrina in the photograph below, which was taken just over a year ago, I see two things. Apart from the obvious joy of a little girl celebrating a birthday, I see a child’s implicit trust in the adult world around her. She’s telling us she feels […]

    How Australia is crushing the life out of little Febrina

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Abbott must act on jailed children, says Tamil Refugee Council

Abbott must act on jailed children, says Tamil Refugee Council

: From the Tamil Refugee Council Press Office, March 5, 2015. Melbourne, Thursday – The Tamil Refugee Council urges the Abbott government to back up its words in parliament and release, and rehabilitate, all children, including four-year-old Febrina, who are being seriously damaged by incarceration on Nauru. Febrina was one of 157 Tamils, including 37 children, apprehended at sea last July […]

HOW AUSTRALIA AIDED AND ABETTED A BRUTAL TYRANT

HOW AUSTRALIA AIDED AND ABETTED A BRUTAL TYRANT

OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT. For some time now, the world has been watching Australia drift away from its much-vaunted democratic foundations towards a menacing authoritarianism, where a government routinely treats the rule of law and the right to natural justice as inconvenient obstacles to be cast aside at any given time. This week we have seen this dark, disturbing trend […]

AUSTRALIAN GOVT. DEPORTATIONS ‘A SHAMEFUL ACT’

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 […]

THE FIX IS IN: TAMILS BETRAYED ONCE AGAIN

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 […]

SIRISENA KEEPS MILITARY JACKBOOT ON TAMIL THROATS

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 […]

ACTIVISTS BLOCK TAMIL ASYLUM-SEEKER’S REMOVAL

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 […]

TAMIL MAN FEARS TORTURE IF DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA

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 […]

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, […]