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Greens congratulate Tamil youth on action at One Day International

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 17 Feb 2012

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Tamil youth activists for their action "Whose side are you on?" at the One Day International match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

This action by more than 130 Tamil youth is an important part of the growing global campaign for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the civil war.

"I hope that people visiting the SCG today have a great day at the cricket and also get a chance to reflect on the government that stands behind the Sri Lankan cricket team", said Senator Rhiannon.

"Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's response to the Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report is a cop-out and lags woefully behind the European Union's call for an independent war crimes investigation.

"The more than 100 Tamil youth at the SCG today is a testament to the fact that this issue will not go away for Mr Rudd or the Sri Lankan government", said Senator Rhiannon.

Organiser of the action Avi Selva said, "today's action is to raise awareness of the continuing injustice towards the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.

"We are fortunate to live in Australia with dignity and freedom, but our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka have endured pain and suffering at the hands of the Sri Lankan government for the past thirty years", said Ms Selva.

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