Continuing the campaign to increase support for an UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka that calls for an international inquiry, Father S. J. Emmanuel of the Global Tamil Forum called on the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell in Australia last week.
Stressing that there would be no accountability through an internal process, Father Emmanuel explained about militarisation, colonisation and violence that continues to take place in the Tamil area of the North-East. He said that the Tamil people had no faith in the Sri Lankan state and were seeking an UNHRC resolution calling for an international inquiry would do. He said that GTF remained hopeful that Australia would co-sponsor any such resolution, as it had done with the previous two.
Drawing attention to Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, including Tamil detainees being held, the GTF’s president appealed to fellow clergyman to push the Australian government to act more humanely and provide those persecuted with a place of sanctuary.