Cricket Australia and Foreign Minister Bob Carr: boycott cricket fixtures between Australian and Sri Lankan teams
  • Petitioned CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland and Foreign Minister Bob Carr

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CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland and Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Cricket Australia and Foreign Minister Bob Carr: boycott cricket fixtures between Australian and Sri Lankan teams

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      Refugee Action Collective and Tamil Refugee Council

There is mounting and credible evidence that the ruling regime in Sri Lanka has committed war crimes, including the slaughter of more than 40,000 innocent Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war in 2009. Traditional Tamil areas remain under occupation to this day, and the government is employing policies of displacement. According to the UNHCR, by January 2012 Sri Lanka had produced 430,594 refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people.

Australia and cricket must not be complicit in laundering the Sri Lankan government's image. Australian officials should no longer be giving the Sri Lankan cricket team and president Rajapaksa warm greetings while refugees from the brutal regime they represent are branded as “economic migrants” and deported to torture and imprisonment.

The former England cricket captain, Michael Atherton, wrote: "There seems little to differentiate President Rajapaksa's brutal regime from that of Robert Mugabe's in Zimbabwe, about whom English consciences have been pricked. It is time for Australian consciences to side with the victims of war crimes, not their representatives.

To:
CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland and Foreign Minister Bob Carr
Boycott cricket fixtures between Australian and Sri Lankan teams.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • David Manfield AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Sri Lankan cricket shouldn't cover up the heinous genocide that is being committed against the Tamils. A mass slaughter of over 40,000 Tamil civilians isn't excusable.

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    • Jaime Mejia TARRAGINDI QLD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is not only immoral but also criminal to maintain a friendly relationship with a criminal regime.

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    • (Dr) Jim McAllister LANDSBOROUGH, Q, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Treating people decntly

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    • Pat Law NAMBOUR, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      The world is turning it's back on what has and is happening in Sri Lanka. It's time we took notice.

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    • Matthew Ross BUFF POINT, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Sri Lanka can not hide Genocide behind Cricket Australia should make a stand we are world leaders but lately our disgraceful positions of how we treat people of the world is plain wrong if Cricket Australia and the Foreign Minister don't they are just as guilty as the man with a gun

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