In May 2009, the Sri Lankan military launched a final offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who had for more than 30 years fought for a homeland in the north and east of the country. Tens of thousands of Tamils were slaughtered. This panel will discuss the background to Tamil national oppression, the ongoing abuses perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government and military and what next for the struggle for self-determination.
Lee Rhiannon was a Greens federal senator from 2011 to 2018 and a long-time supporter of the Tamil struggle. In 2013, she was detained by the Sri Lankan government while on a fact finding mission investigating human rights abuses in the country.
Aran Mylvaganam fled the Sri Lankan military’s violence as a young teenager. He is a founding member of the Tamil Refugee Council and a longstanding activist for workers’ rights.
Ben Hillier is an editor of Red Flag. He visited Sri Lanka in 2017 while researching an upcoming publication about the life and recent death of a leading Tiger militant.
Helen Jarvis will chair the session. Helen was a member of the 2013 Permanent Peoples Tribunal panel of judges that found the Sri Lankan government guilty of genocide against the Eelam Tamils.
Trevor Grant, Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder (book)
N. Malathy, A Fleeting Moment in my Country (book)
Ben Hillier, Losing Santhia: the death of a Tiger and the fate of a nation, Red Flag