Exiled Tamil priest wants peace, truth and justice in Sri Lanka
(By: Paul Dobbyn, Catholic Leader, 17 April 2011) - A Sri Lankan priest who is living in self-imposed exile and campaigning for peace and justice in his homeland visited Brisbane recently to plead on behalf of his people. PAUL DOBBYN reports. ...
Catholics, at only seven per cent of the population, are very much in a minority, although Fr Emmanuel said this was no excuse for not speaking the truth.
He accused Sri Lankan Catholics and bishops of "failing to exercise their prophetic voice".
"The international community and Australia in particular also have an obligation to find out the truth," he said.
"If we rely on the news being dished out by Sri Lankan embassy we won't find out.
"I'd like Australian Government officials to be allowed to move around freely to find out the truth and not just go on guided tours organised by the Sri Lankan Government.
"I especially appeal to Catholics in Australia to find out the truth and demand justice for the Tamil people.
"We can't go on like this ... we must find a way to reconciliation and peace through accountability, truth, justice in Sri Lanka."