அகதிகளும் மனிதர்களே : தமிழ் சொலிடாரிட்டி

timthumbஇந்தோனேசியாவில் மனிதப்பெறுமானங்கள் அனைத்தையும் நிராகரித்து, ஊடகங்களுக்கு அனுமதி மறுக்கப்பட்டு இலங்கைத் தமிழ் அகதிகள் வாழ்விடமிறித் தடுத்து வைக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது குறித்து தமிழ் சொலிடாரிட்டி என்ற அமைப்பு தொடர் போராட்டங்களை நடத்தி வருகிறது. 30 ஆயிரம் இளம் சிறார்கள் இலங்கையில் இரகசியமாகவும் அரை மில்லியன் தமிழ் அப்பாவிகள் பகிரங்கமாகவும் தடுத்து வைக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும் சூழலில் இலங்கை தமிழர்களுக்கான பாதுகாப்பான வாழ்விடமாக ஐக்கிய ராஜ்யம் மற்றும் அவுஸ்திரேலிய அரசுகள் கூறுவது கேலிக்கும் கண்டனத்திற்கும் உரியது எனக் கூறும் இதன் இவ்வமைப்பின் அமைப்பாளர்கள், இவர்களுக்கான போராட்டத்தில் உலகத் தமிழர்களையும் மனிதாபிமானிகளையும் இணைந்து கொள்ளுமாறு அழைப்பு விடுக்கிறார்கள். கீழ் வரும் ஆங்கில வாசகத்தை டெஸ் பிரவுண் அவர்களது மின்னஞ்சலுக்கும் தமிழ் சொலிடாரிட்டி அமைப்பின் மின்னஞ்கலுக்கும்  அனுப்பி வைக்குமாறு கேட்டுக்கொள்கின்றனர்.

Tamil Solidarity : info@tamilsolidarity.org

 Email Des Browne MP: browned@parliament.uk

Telephone: 01563 520267

Fax: 01563 539439

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Appeal letter  : Refugees are also human beings

As a result of the brutal attacks and human rights violations against the Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka a lot of people have lost their normal life, have lost their family, their relatives, their property and their right to education and more.

We, 254 people including children, pregnant women, the elderly and young men and women, are also a part of those people affected by the brutal war. We have suffered for years and in order to seek a better life on 1 October 2009 we embarked on a most dangerous sea journey to Australia, a country which has signed up on the UN refugee convention.

On 11 October 2009 our journey was intercepted by the Indonesian navy. Someone who claimed to be an officer from the Australian High Commission promised that he will talk to the Australian government regarding our fate and took us to Merak harbour on the island of Java. We informed them that we will not get off the boat until the Australian government grants us refugee status.

For the last month we have been waiting on the boat at sea with all sorts of difficulties and still we have not received any favourable outcome either from Australia or any country that respects human rights. The UNHCR, which is supposed to be an international organisation that looks after the plight of the refugees, has not only refused to recognise us as refugees, but has refused to treat us as human beings. This causes us immense suffering. We are also worried and afraid of the effect that the changes in the climate will have while we are still at sea.

The UNHCR must come to talk to us. We request that Australia or any other country grants us refuge. These are the basic things we demanded when we started a hunger strike. We gave up on the hunger strike when we were wrongly advised that this may be considered a threat. We do not intend to threaten anybody. All we demand is recognition of our plight and assistance. But we are not prepared to give up the fight for our rights.

Then we gathered and protested en masse which has been covered by the media around the world. But still we have been ignored. The hunger strike, the protest, everything we did has not brought us recognition from any country that genuinely respects human rights. Now we are writing this letter as another measure in the attempt to bring our plea to your attention.

We have no peace in our homeland. We have been refused our human rights and our children and young people have no future in our country. At least we want a better life for our children.

It is with great urgency that the UNHCR must come and meet us and listen to our plea. Remaining at sea, as the weather worsens, poses great danger and we plead with you that you consider our pathetic situation and that you take a favourable decision.