Lend a Voice

“To stay quiet is as political an act as speaking out.”
Arundhati Roy, Author and Activist

The plight of the silenced can only be alleviated when enough are listening. Those suffering in Sri Lanka are stifled from speaking. Please lend them your voice.

This section contains addresses of key policy makers and news agencies along with sample letters and useful guides.

Interactive Timeline

This section contains a timeline depicting the historical background of the Sri Lankan conflict. Spanning from the pre-colonial era to present day events, the timeline allows the user to gain valuable insight into the causes of this conflict. (Launch Flash Timeline...)

 

In Pictures

Short documentary on Black July and links to other related videos. (view feature video...)

Related Videos:
Tamil Abductions: An SBS Dateline production on the recent abductions of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Sivaram: Violence against Journalists (Part 2, Part 3): Film about the silencing of free speech through death and intimidation.
Shadow War: The emergence of 'paramilitaries' and their impact on the cease fire.
Still Photographs
The Violence Continues

Articles on the recent acts of persecution against the Tamil minority. (complete list of articles...)

Related Links:
Touched by Tragedy: An Australian medical doctor teaching in the North East puts forth his first-hand view of the situation. pdf
I am not a Terrorist: The high price Tamils are forced to pay for basic human rights.
No Middle Way for Militant Monks: The role played by the Buddhist clergy in this conflict.
Black July in "Quotes"

A flash animation containing a series of observations depicting the events of July 1983 and its implications. Many of the quotes in this section are sourced from independent journalists and international witnesses.

 

A Few Last Words

There are several accounts of Tamils attributing their escape from death, to their Sinhalese and Muslim neighbours. We are grateful to those who risked their own lives to allow Tamils to hide in their homes.

The 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom produced an exodus of Tamils who fled to all parts of the world. Our appreciation extends to countries, such as Australia, for welcoming us, and providing a safe home to live in.

We appreciate your thoughts, suggestions and queries. Please send us your feedback.

Your Story

Stories from witnesses and victims from around the Globe (TBA).

Did you or someone you know get affected by Black July or any other incident? Tell us your story.

 

Human Rights Organisations

Amnesty International
To find your local office:
http://web.amnesty.org/contacts/engindex

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www.ohchr.org/english/contact/

Human Rights Watch
http://hrw.org/contact.html


Political Contacts

Hon Kevin Rudd MP
To submit an online letter:
http://www.pm.gov.au/contact/index.cfm

Or post him at:

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6277 7700
Fax: (02) 6273 4100

Morningside Office:

PO Box 476A
Morningside Qld 4170

Tel: (07) 3899 4031
Fax: (07) 3899 5755

Hon Stephen Smith MP (Minister for Foriegn Affairs)

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6277 7500
Fax: (02) 6273 4112

Stephen.Smith.MP@aph.gov.au

Member for your electorate

To find the contact details of the member for your electorate:

1. Find your electorate by entering the name of your suburb at the AEC search utility.

2. Then go to this list of members and click on the corresponding link to find their details.

Media Contacts

Sydney Morning Herald
Feedback Form | Email

The Age
letters@theage.com.au

SBS
theworldnews@sbs.com.au

ABC
Feedback Form

Write to your friends and ask them to voice their concern as well. This is not a political issue. Most people, whether they are Sinhalese or Tamils or even if they have no connection to Sri Lanka, will be appalled by these events. Extra-judicial killings and arbitrary abductions are a matter of human rights.