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67 Asylum seekers arrive safetly on 20th Sep 2012 PDF Print E-mail
20 September 2012
Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Hervey Bay, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west-north-west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands this morning. Initial indications suggest there are 67 people on board.
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Sri Lankan Army still has vast presence in North & East PDF Print E-mail

More than three years after winning the war against the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Army retains an overwhelming presence in the North and East of the island, deploying 16 out of its 19 divisions in the Tamil-dominated regions. Information available with The Hindu indicates that besides three divisions in Jaffna, there are three each in Killinochchi and Mullaithivu, while five divisions are stationed in Vavuniya. Another two divisions are deployed in the East. Three divisions are headquartered in southern Sri Lanka.

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Britain's shameful complicity in Sri Lanka's torture PDF Print E-mail
By Jerome Taylor, The Independent UK
How dare we allow people to be transported to regimes we know go in for this abuse?

When it first emerged that Britain had knowingly allowed terrorist suspects to be illegally rendered to third party states to be tortured in the early half of the last decade the story made national headlines. How could Britain, a supposedly liberal democracy and bastion of human rights, deliberately allow someone to be transported towards regimes they knew would abuse them?

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'Returnees at risk' says TAG PDF Print E-mail

In a report published on Sunday, rights groups TAG (Tamils Against Genocide), called for a 'comprehensive re-evaluation of the UK government's current policy towards asylum applicants' of Tamils from the island of Sri Lanka. Publishing 27 recent asylum appeal determinations, with extensive analysis, TAG highlighted that 26 of the 27 claims were of egregious torture, and were "found credible under the most stringent adversarial review".

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The war may be over in Sri Lanka, but it is still not safe for journalists there PDF Print E-mail
By Frances Harrison
I recently received a heartbreaking email saying a Sri Lankan journalist, his wife and nine year old child had spent the night with all their suitcases on a bench in a park in Paris. He’d been thrown out of the house where he was been staying, after losing his part time job washing dishes in a restaurant. It was difficult to organise emergency help because media organisations were shut over the weekend and his mobile phone was often switched off to preserve the credit.
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Geethavani 2012, another memorable event in Sydney PDF Print E-mail
Geethavani Awards 2012, the Sydney Jaffna Hindu College OBA's prestigious annual singing competition for 2012, took place on Saturday, the 1st of September 2012, at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. This is their 7th successful musical awards function.
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39 Asylum seekers safetly arrive north-west of Christmas Island on 9th Sep 2012 PDF Print E-mail
"9 September 2012- HMAS Childers, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island overnight. Initial indications suggest there are 39 people on board.The vessel was initially detected by HMAS Childers, operating under the control of Border Protection Command."
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Asylum Seekers ASIO Negatives - IGIS may review legality and propriety of ASIO process says Nicola PDF Print E-mail
In a response to Labour for Refugees (dated 4th Sep 2012), Attorney General and Minister for Emergency Management Hon Nicola Roxon MP says that, Asylum Seekers who got ASIO Negative assessment have an option where they can appeal to Inspector-General of Intelligence & Security for a review on legality and propriety of ASIO process, under IGIS Act 1986.

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LABOR FOR REFUGEES REFUTES BOB CARR PDF Print E-mail
Labor for Refugees today wrote to Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs to refute his damaging speculation that there could be 180,000 boat people coming to Australia in the near future.
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FEDERAL COURTS BACK ON FIRM FOOTING PDF Print E-mail

The federal court system will be on a stronger financial footing through increased funding and changes to fee structures.Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced the changes today, which were foreshadowed in the 2012 Budget.“These measures will ensure our courts can deliver key services, including regional circuit work, which are vital for disadvantaged litigants and small businesses,” Ms Roxon said.

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Coalition Call to Automatically Return All Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Unethical and Unlawful PDF Print E-mail
The Australian Tamil Congress is shocked by remarks made by the Coalition that all asylum seekers from Sri Lanka would be automatically returned without due process. Such an act would not only be unlawful and in breach of Australia's obligations under international law, but also gravely unethical.
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Libyan Hospitals Attacked. Libyan Sources: Three French Jets Downed PDF Print E-mail

The U.S. and its allies are embarking on another regime change operation. Before they started their attacks on the Libyans, they admitted that there would be civilians casualities in an act of irony. They claim to be acting to save civilians, but they will be killing them.

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China, Germany dissent over Libya airstrikes PDF Print E-mail
TONY EASTLEY: Not all foreign powers are supportive of the bombing raids in Libya.China has expressed regret at the air strikes, saying it's opposed to the use of force in international relations and Germany's foreign minister warned that the West risked being dragged into a lengthy mission in Libya.
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Double standard on Libya’s no-fly zone - West behind Oil PDF Print E-mail

I note with some irony the hosannas greeting the UN Security Council resolution establishing a no-fly zone over Libya.The rationale for this resolution is that the dictator Moammar Gadhafi is shooting his own people and refusing democratic reforms. Granted, he is.

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African Union demands 'immediate' halt to Libya attacks PDF Print E-mail
The African Union's panel on Libya Sunday called for an "immediate stop" to all attacks after the United States, France and Britain launched military action against Moamer Kadhafi's forces.After a more than four-hour meeting in the Mauritanian capital, the body also asked Libyan authorities to ensure "humanitarian aid to those in need," as well as the "protection of foreigners, including African expatriates living in Libya."
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