About Us

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The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate free and meaningful dialogue between different ethnic groups within the Sri Lankan diaspora in New South Wales, Australia.

We believe that genuine reconciliation can only take place within a framework of truth and justice. It is this core belief that underpins and is articulated in our:

Statement of beliefs

  • Coming to terms with the past is a high priority for the future.
  • There must be an acknowledgement of all atrocities and injustices committed on Sinhalese, Tamil, Moslem and other communities.
  • To heal emotional wounds through reconciliation, all communities concerned must be willing to forgive and to apologise unconditionally.
  • Restoration of dignity must be achieved through mutual respect.
  • Universal respect for the rule of law and good governance, which has been deteriorating over several decades, needs to be restored in order to become a modern nation.
  • Acknowledge there is an ethnic problem which needs to be addressed.
  • Genuine reconciliation is a prerequisite to stability and durable peace. Prosperity will follow only if there is stability and durable peace.

History
The Forum came into being as an informal gathering of individuals from among the Tamil and Sinhalese diaspora communities in Sydney, about three months after the cessation of armed conflict in Sri Lanka in May 2009. The Forum’s primary focus is to promote understanding and empathy amongst individuals of the diaspora community through greater awareness and engagement.

Organisation
The Forum consists entirely of volunteers, with a coordinating committee dealing with the affairs of the Forum on behalf of its members. A Public Officer and Treasurer are appointed from within the coordinating committee as required by the Fair Trading Commission of NSW. A flat management structure is preferred in the belief that engagement and dialogue best take place within a democratic structure rather than a hierarchical one.

Meetings
We invite you to participate in this journey towards reconciliation by attending our monthly meetings which are held with a view to providing a platform for open and robust discussion, through encouraging a diversity of views with the aim of promoting reconciliation.

We believe that genuine reconciliation can only take place within a framework of truth and justice which is the core belief that underpins and is articulated in our Statement of Beliefs.

We hope this will be just the starting point towards more active participation in the future. If you would like more information, please fill in the inquiry form by clicking on Contact. We look forward to hearing from you.

We have undertaken a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia. We believe this project will provide a road map in the journey towards reconciliation. Read more at Activities.

How to Join

We encourage your participation either by just attending our meetings, or by joining us and volunteering to advocate the journey of healing.  To join, please fill in an Application Form for membership when you attend our next meeting.

While there is no membership fee, we encourage members to contribute a gold coin at our meetings.