Rally on Capitol Hill: PEARL joined with U.S. Campaign for Burma
Community members, students and human rights activists from around the country
To commemorate the 25th year anniversary of the 1983 pogrom in Sri Lanka where over 3,000 Tamil civilians were murdered, as well as the 20th anniversary of the "8888 Uprising" in Burma where thousands of innocent protesters were killed, PEARL organized its first national rally ever! In conjunction with US Campaign for Burma (USCB), PEARL opposed China's military funding of the governments of Sri Lanka and Burma, which commit grave human rights violations against ethnic minorities. The day of the rally, there were visits with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to highlight China's role in fueling the human rights crises in Sri Lanka and Burma.
When: July 24, 2008
Where: Please take note that the location of the Black July Rally has been changed from the West Lawn of the Capitol Building to:
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To preserve and safeguard the memory of the events of Black July, PEARL is working to collect testimonials from survivors. If you experienced Black July and are able to share details of what you witnessed, please contact Valli Sanmugalingam at email@example.com. PEARL will respect your confidentiality if you prefer to contribute your story anonymously.
Pictures from the Rally
The mission of People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) is to end the systemic human rights abuses against the Tamil population in Sri Lanka, and promote equality, rights and justice on the island. PEARL is 501(c)3 non-profit organization led by human rights activists concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka.