For more than seven years, the Tamil Refugee Council (TRC) has built a record of consistent and unwavering service to the Tamil refugee community.
The TRC was founded on 15 January 2011, in response to the mass arrival of refugees from Tamil Eelam (“homelands” situated in the north and east of Sri Lanka).
Two years earlier, the Sri Lankan military brought to an end the country’s 30-year civil war. Its genocidal offensive left tens of thousands of Tamils dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Many came to Australia, desperately fleeing for their lives.
Since its founding, the TRC has become a key defender of the rights and welfare of Tamil refugees by raising public awareness of their plight. We have also handled and assisted hundreds of individual cases.
Our work has mobilised hundreds of Tamils and motivated thousands of others to campaign for refugee rights. TRC activity falls into four categories:
Real and lasting change comes through bringing people together in action. This is the fundamental orientation of the TRC.
The TRC helps link Tamil refugees with professionals, makes representations on behalf of individuals and provides assistance to the needy.
Research and education
We educate people about the history of Tamil oppression and the challenges facing Tamil people in Sri Lanka and the diaspora.
With connections in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, the United Kingdom and other countries, we participate in the global struggle for Tamil rights.
In addition to our specific work related to Tamil refugees, we campaign to: