Vaiko appeals to Manmohan Singh to save Tamils stranded in Australia

refugee centre  Founder of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam,Vaiko’s has sent a letter to Manmohan Singh to save the 46 stranded Tamils in Australia. Vaiko is a prominent politician in Tamil Nadu, in south India. He is the  a political party that espouses the cause of the Tamil people and Tamil nationalism.

Dear Shri Manmohan Singh ji, Vanakkam.

With a heavy heart I would draw your immediate kind attention to the following matter of impending danger to the security and lives of 46 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees detained in Australia for the last Five years. These 46 refugees hail from Northern-East of the Island of Sri Lanka who are known as Eelam Tamils.

Due to the unimaginable brutal massacre unleashed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces of the Sinhala Racist Sri Lanka regime, hundreds of thousands of Tamils including children, aged people, mothers including pregnant women were mercilessly killed. Thousands of Tamils were taken by the police, army and thereafter nothing was heard about them. Such disappearances are due to the organized abduction by the Government forces. It is a proven fact that the detained Tamils in prisons have been cruelly tortured. In this background, Eelam Tamils facing mortal danger in the hands of the Sri Lankan armed forces had to flee from their homeland seeking asylum in many countries.

It is a painful tragedy that many of the Eelam Tamils perished in the waves of the ocean when they sailed in boats. The above said 46 Eelam Tamils who reached Australia seeking asylum were detained by the Australian Government due to the atrocious security assessment by the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization (ASIO), which has accomplished this without an iota of mercy.

Whereas, many European countries have provided succor, solace and asylum to the repatriated Eelam Tamils. I would bring to your kind attention that the historic U.N Human Rights Declaration of 10th December 1948 categorically gives protection to the human beings all over the world. I quote some relevant articles of that Declaration in this regard; “ARTICLE 5 – No One shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” “ARTICLE 14 – Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” The above said rights have been acknowledged, accepted and well implemented in almost many democratic countries.

In Australia, the ASIO complained that the Tamil refugees have got links with Tamil Independence struggle. There is nothing wrong if the Tamils long for Freedom to liberate their race from clutches of slavery. As per International conventions, the Australian Government is duty bound to protect the Tamil refugees, but on the other hand the refugees were detained, which caused unbearable mental depression and agony. That is why one refugee Two years ago committed suicide. Most of the refugees are detained for more than Four years, some of them with their children and other family members. There is no threat to the Australian community or Government by the refugees. To appease the Sri Lankan Government, the Australian Government has decided to deport these refugees to Sri Lanka. If they are deported there, they will be tortured and eventually may be liquidated.

In the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government conference held in Colombo, the Australian Government fully supported the Sri Lankan Government and the Prime Minister of Australia applauded President Rajapaksa and justified the use of torture. The very next day the Australian Government entered into a commercial deal with Sri Lankan Navy. It is most paining that in the last Two years Australia has deported thousands of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka who faced torture and death there. In this civilized world, the conscience of most of the democracies has awakened and found out that a terrific genocide of Tamils has taken place in the island of Sri Lanka in the hands of the Sri Lankan regime.

It is a matter of grave concern that the lives of the 46 Tamil refugees at present detained in Australia may be subjected to mortal danger if they are deported to Sri Lanka. Therefore, I would request you to take immediate appropriate measures through our diplomatic channels taking up the issue with the Australian Government to stop forthwith the move to deport the Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka and allow them to live peacefully releasing them from detention by providing asylum for which I shall be grateful to you.

With Warm Regards,

Yours faithfully,

(VAIKO)

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