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Sri Lanka - Still counting the death
This website tells the story of what happened in northern Sri Lanka in the first five months in 2009.
http://www.stillcountingthedead.com/
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175 Refugees arrive in two boates, ACV Ocean Protector & HMAS Larrakia brought them to shore
ACV Ocean Protector, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Ashmore Islands today. Initial indications suggest there are 100 people on board.HMAS Larrakia, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Ashmore Islands today.Initial indications suggest there are 75 people on board.
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Sri Lankan judge attacked, hospitalized for exposing Rajapaksa regime

Oct. 8, 2012 - A Sri Lankan high court judge, who heads the judicial service commission, was attacked by four unidentified men, leaving him hospitalized, police said. The Sunday attack on Judge Manjula Tilakaratne occurred in Mount Lavinia, a suburb of the capital Colombo, prompting judges in Sri Lanka to boycott courts Monday in protest, Colombo Page reported.

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Interview with Australian Tamil movie director Eelan Elanko - SBS

eelanelanko.jpgEelan Elanko has directed a Tamil movie 'Iniyavale Kaaththiruppen' in Australia which has been billed as first Australian Tamil movie made by Australian Tamils. He is talking about the movie and his experience.

 

 


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Democracy is detained while ASIO's shadowy justice runs free - Ben Saul
"Like other lawyers, I have watched helplessly as our clients have tried to kill themselves ... Our government is making refugees mentally ill, and abusing children."

The focus on offshore processing has overshadowed a quieter humanitarian crisis in Australia's immigration detention centres. More than 50 refugees have been languishing in detention for between two and three years, after being refused visas on security grounds.
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NICOLA ROXON - M47 HIGH COURT DECISION - MEDIA RELEASE
5 October 2012
M47 HIGH COURT DECISION

The Government notes the decision of the High Court of Australia handed down today in the M47 v the Director-General of Security & Ors matter.  This case involved a challenge to ASIO in respect of a person who has been assessed to be a refugee,  but has not been granted a permanent visa as a result of an ASIO adverse security assessment (ASA), the lawfulness of his ongoing immigration detention and the lawfulness of any future removal to a safe third country.
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High Court rule in favour of Tamil Refugee M47 - blow to Roxann and ASIO's approach on refugees
Today a majority of the High Court held invalid a regulation which prevented the grant of a protection visa to a refugee if the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ("ASIO") had assessed the refugee to be a risk to security. Accordingly, a majority of the Court held that the decision to refuse the plaintiff a protection visa on the basis of that regulation had not been made according to law.
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High court case M47/2012- M47 Vs ASIO, judgement expected next week in favour of Tamil Asylum seeker
Sources close to the case details reliably believes, that the Judgment is expected next week in the landmark case in High court, in favour of the Tamil Asylum seekers.

Case Details: M47/2012 - Plaintiff found to be refugee by UNHCR in Indonesia - applied for protection visa - plaintiff given adverse ASIO assessment - protection visa refused - whether Director-General of Security has obligation to accord natural justice - power of 2nd & 3rd defendants to detain plaintiff under Migration Act.
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Returned asylum seekers from Australia, questioned at Colombo Airport - Tamils are detained
questioned.jpgReturned asylum seekers from Australia are questioned at Colombo ( Bandaranayaka International Airport) Airport and then further interrogations are held, based on their ethnicity. Reports indicate that majority of the returnees are from ethnic Sinhalese and they are treated well by the Sri Lankan CID, TID  and immigration officials. Tamils who have opted to return from Australia are harshly treated and whisked away to notorious 4th floor of the Criminal Investigation Department in Colombo for further investigation.
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Be careful, she might hear you - Philip Dorling
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon wants unprecedented access to the private lives of Australians, writes Philip Dorling.

 

AUSTRALIA'S security and law enforcement agencies are world leaders in telecommunications interception and data access and like most successful industries, they want more. Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is canvassing a further expansion of surveillance powers, most controversially a requirement that telecommunications and internet service providers retain at least two years of data for access by government agencies.

 

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Sri Lanka still unsafe - new documentary
Source: Lateline
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Many of the most recent asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat are from Sri Lanka. Whilst the Federal Opposition claims they're economic refugees and should be sent back, two Sri Lankan journalists tell a different story. In a new documentary they say Sri Lanka's asylum seekers are escaping human rights abuses committed in the wake of their nation's recently-ended civil war. Kerry Brewster reports
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