May 29, 2006

கன்பராவில் ஈழத்தமிழர் உரிமைக்குரல்

இலங்கையின் வடக்கு கிழக்கில் தொடர்ச்சியாக இடம்பெற்றுவரும் தமிழ்மக்கள் படுகொலைகளை கண்டித்தும் தொடரும் இந்த வன்முறைப்படலத்துக்கு சர்வதேச சமூகம் நியாயமான அக்கறையை காண்பித்து ஸ்ரீலங்கா அரசைக் கண்டிக்கவேண்டும் என்று கோரியும் புலம்பெயர்ந்து வாழும் ஈழத்தமிழ்மக்கள் சர்வதேச சமூகத்தை வலியுறுத்தி ஒன்றுபட்ட எழுச்சி ஒன்றுகூடல் நிகழ்வு இன்று திங்கட்கிழமை அவுஸ்திரேலியாவின் தலைநகர் கன்பராவில் பேரெழுச்சியுடன் நடைபெற்றது. கன்பரா, சிட்னி, மெல்பேர்ன், பிறிஸ்பேன் ஆகிய மாநிலத் தலைநகரங்களிலிருந்து ஆயிரத்து ஐநூறுக்குக்கு மேற்பட்ட தமிழ்மக்கள் கன்பராவில் கூடினர்.




ஓன்று கூடலில் கலந்துகெண்ட அனைவரது கைகளிலும் தமிழ்மக்களின் அல்லலை எடுத்துரைக்கும் பதாகைகள் காணப்பட்டன. அங்கு ஒலிக்கப்பட்ட சுலோகங்கள்:

Australia - Help the Tamils

World Comdemn - Sri Lanka's ethnic cleansing of Tamils

International Community - Stop your deafening silence

Sri Lanka's killing of Tamil babies - How is it a step to Peace?

Tamils want - Peace with Justice

இந்நிகழ்வில் சிறீலங்காவின் முன்னாள் அரச தலைவர் சந்திரிகா குமாரதுங்கவின் உறவினரும் ஈழத் தமிழர்களின் உரிமைப் போராட்டத்துக்கு அன்று தொட்டு தீவிர ஆதரவுப்பணி புரிந்து வரும் மருத்துவ கலாநிதி பிறயன் செனிவிரட்ன, அவுஸ்திரேலிய நாடாளுமன்றின் லிபரல், தொழில், மற்றும் பசுமைக் கட்சிகளைச் சேர்ந்த சில உறப்பினர்கள் மற்றும் பலர் கலந்து கொண்டு உரையாற்றினர்.


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13 comments:

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தகவலுக்கு நன்றி. ஈழத்தமிழர் அனைவரும் ஒன்றிணைந்து குரல் கொடுத்தது அறிந்து மகிழ்ச்சி. இந்நிகழ்வு குறித்த மேலும் சில தகவல்கள் புதினத்திலும் உண்டு.

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வருகைக்கு நன்றி விண்ணாணம்.

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எனக்கு முன்பே நீங்கள் எழுதிவிட்டீர்களா? நான்தான் முதலாவது என்று நினைத்தேன்.

சிட்னிக்காரர் அசத்திப்போட்டாங்கள் எண்டுதான் கதை.

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//சிட்னிக்காரர் அசத்திப்போட்டாங்கள் எண்டுதான் கதை//
3மணித்தியால drive இல் இருந்து கொண்டு இதையும் செய்யாட்டில் இருந்தென்ன?

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தகவலுக்கு நன்றி

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பதிவுக்கு நன்றி...ஆர்பன் பலசரக்கு கடை ரவி அண்ணன் வந்தாரா...

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நேற்றைய The Age (Melbourne)பத்திரிகையில் வந்திருந்த செய்திக்குறிப்பு:

Tamil Australians in Canberra protest

May 29, 2006 - 3:29PM

Hundreds of Tamil Australians have descended on Canberra to protest against renewed violence in northern Sri Lanka.

A vocal group brandishing placards with slogans reading "Stop Military Atrocities" and "174 Tamils Killed in Two Months" set up shop in front of Parliament House.

Many of the 500 protesters travelled to Canberra by bus from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The protest follows mounting violence in Sri Lanka which has forced thousands of people from their homes and threatened to torpedo a shaky four-year-old truce between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Amid growing reports of atrocities, the Sri Lankan government has denied charges it has opened fire indiscriminately on unarmed civilians.

Organisers initiated Monday's proceedings with a range of chants such as "Tamils want - peace and justice" before making way for a range of speakers, including federal Labor MP Alan Griffin.

"If we don't get the process back on track many people are going to die unnecessarily," Mr Griffin told the crowd.

"It's only through discussions that this matter is going to be resolved, and it needs to happen to ensure that we don't have a continuing escalation of fighting."

The rebels took up arms against the government in 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland and claiming discrimination against the Tamils by the majority Sinhalese.

More than 65,000 people had been killed before the 2002 ceasefire accord halted 19 years of open warfare.

Dr Brian Senewiratne, a relative of former prime minister Solomon Bandaranaike, said he was disappointed by his family, which has featured prominently in Sri Lankan politics over the last five decades.

"It's nothing to be proud of when you come from a family, one family, that has wrecked an entire country," said Dr Senewiratne, who moved to Australia in 1975.

"I'm not concerned who runs Sri Lanka as long at it is run with justice, equality and dignity for all.

"I'm not pro-Tiger or anti-Tiger, but pro the Tamil people," he told the crowd.

Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations chairman Arna Pararajasingham called on the Australian government to put diplomatic pressure on Colombo in an attempt to halt the violence.

"In the last two months alone we have lost 175 Tamil civilians," Mr Pararajasingham said.

"If this action continues, you will find more Tamils becoming more militant, which could blow out to a full scale war.

"We are after the Australian government to censure the Sri Lankan government over their human rights violations, and to impose economic sanctions if necessary."

Mr Pararajasingham said the protest in Canberra would be mirrored by similar events in Canada and Europe later on Monday.

Anonymous said...

http://www.smh.com.au/news/NATIONAL/Tamil-Australians-in-Canberra-protest/2006/05/29/1148754924138.html

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கனக்ஸ் அய்யா,
தகவலுக்கும் படங்களுக்கும் நன்றிகள்.

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வெற்றி, வருகைக்கு நன்றி. //கனக்ஸ் அய்யா// என்ன, சிங்கள மொழியில் அழைத்தீர்களா?:)

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சந்திரவதனா, செந்தழல் ரவி இருவருக்கும் கூட நன்றி. ரவி, ஓர்பன் கடைக்காரரைக் கண்டால் விசாரிக்கிறேன்.

Anonymous said...

Daily Mirror
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Govt should give a political package to Tamils

By Devyani Rao
Indian defense expert General V. R. Raghavan (Retd.) maintains that the international community should put pressure on the Sri Lankan Government to be willing to make some internal changes to break the current deadlock in the peace process. In an interview, Gen. Raghavan explained that the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) has become an end in itself for the Sri Lankan Government, and they have shown little willingness towards acச்epting any of the demands of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"The LTTE finds itself boxed in. The CFA came about because both parties wanted a negotiated settlement but now the LTTE finds the negotiations are not leading anywhere. The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) frankly hasn't shown any willingness to give any kind of package to the LTTE ,either in terms of a Tamil province or division of administration", he said.

While the attacks continue in far away Trincomalee and Jaffna, the CFA has allowed the island's GDP, tourism, rice production, agriculture etc. to grow and the ceasefire has ensured that there are no assassinations, bomb blasts
or military operations. The Sri Lankan economy is no longer suffering because of the conflict and so the Government appears to be content with allowing the status quo to continue, the general pointed out.

"For the Government, the CFA has become an end in itself, allowing it to avoid conflict without actually making any concessions", said the general.

"The LTTE finds that if they return to all-out violence they will be declared terrorists by other countries, so all they can do is carry on with their landmine attacks and bomb blasts. Hence the assassination of Kadiragamar, which they say they didn't do but everybody, knows they did.

The CFA has allowed the GOSL the best of both worlds, which is why the LTTE wants it to breakdown", he argued, adding that it was for this reason also that the Tigers refused to participate in the second round of negotiations until Karuna's troops are disarmed. In the midst of the ongoing shadow war
and the desperate attempts of the co-chairs to get negotiations between the Government and the LTTE back on track, the fundamental problem is being
overlooked according to Gen. Raghavan.

"If the GOSL wants to retain the unity of the country they need to hold elections with the LTTE participating. The LTTE wants to run those elections. We know that they are fascists and thugs and 90% of their government will be full of LTTE representatives, but that will be the beginning of something better", he insisted. For the veteran Indian defense
expert, what is required in Sri Lanka is for the Singhalese to agree amongst themselves to give more. "Sri Lanka is a state which has lost control and the people are divided. Successive Governments in Colombo have failed to reach a consensus among themselves on how to go ahead with the peace process", he affirmed.

"When I met Kadirgamar a month before he died", recalled the general, he said 'Delhi is telling us to come together'- for Rajapakse and Wickremesinghe to come together to solve the problem" he added, reminding that Rajapakse won the election by joining the JVP, which is an extremist Sinhalese group, saying he will not budge from the unitary
state concept.

"We tell them (GOSL) behind the scenes to consider a federal option. Now they say the Constitution doesn't permit it. Then they should change it. You
want to have an absolute domination of the Sinhalese polity and denial of Tamil equal rights...there can be no solution that way" he insisted.Why does
India think the GOSL should make "concessions" to the LTTE when New Delhi itself has often repeated that it does not negotiate with terrorists? Gen.
Raghavan explained that the problem in India, with the communist "naxalite" rebels for instance, is somewhat different. "We have elected governments and legitimate administrations in every state. Groups like ULFA (United
Liberation Front of Assam) are but dissidents demanding certain things".

The General strongly feels if the government of Sri Lanka wants to retain the unity of the country it has to create a structure whereby the rights of the Tamil population are guaranteed. He stressed that, irrespective of the portion of the territory under LTTE control, there can be no lasting solution without the group being party to it and despite the internal
division created by Karuna, it still wields enough power to influence negotiations."

We don't run India by saying if the Sikhs are 14% they have 14% rights. The Tamils are being denied their rights as equal citizens", he said, clarifying that "India doesn't say they should hand over power to
Prabhakaran" but reminded that even India negotiated with Prabhakaran because he was in control of territory.

"In India we have long ago recognized regional languages and it was indeed, on the basis of ethnic, cultural and language differences that the several
states in India were formed post 1947. In Sri Lanka, the Tamils have no such equal rights", he pointed out On his last visit to New Delhi, having held talks with the LTTE and the GOSL in Colombo, the Japanese special envoy to
Sri Lanka, Yashushi Akashi, reiterated the importance of India's intervention in the peace process in the neighboring island. General Raghavan however dismissed the assumption of a greater role by New Delhi, saying that it is not in a position to do anything "until Sri Lanka allows
it". The general explained that India's intervention would have far-reaching consequences for its own internal politics, particularly in the south of the country.

"The southern states have put India on the global map, thanks to the IT sector, etc., and any coalition government would need to forge alliances with the regional parties there"The general recalled that "In 1986, India suggested that Colombo restore parties on the basis of multi-ethnicity we
even negotiated with Prabhakaran. If Sri Lanka wants a government in Jaffna, the LTTE has to be allowed to take the lead. At this stage, an intervention by India would create a war-like situation where the Tamils from the neighboring island would migrate to Indian Territory and this in turn would
create ruptures".

"The only part India can play is to offer a federal package and Sri Lanka can and should amend its Constitution to facilitate this", he affirmed.

"Money cannot buy Prabhakaran", said the general with conviction, having held one - on- one talks with the LTTE chief as an official on behalf of New Delhi on a number of occasions prior to India's fighting the rebels. "Today,
Prabhakaran finds that he is the only bad guy. Terrorism doesn't work, but he is making it work by striking where it hurts- through attacks and ambushes on the Sri Lankan troops". "So what you have now is a military stalemate.

The Government is internationally in a better position and neither side has any military option. There can be no win, no loss, no war, no peace", said the general, adding that while the LTTE finds itself under the glare of the
international community, the fact that the economy and functioning of the country is relatively unaffected by the conflict in the north and east, the GOSL will also not make any significant overtures towards breaking the deadlock.

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