Congressional Advocacy

PEARL organizes national lobby days on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, to educate and mobilize Congressional offices towards a sustainable solution in Sri Lanka. Previous lobby days have been held in conjunction with protest rallies, or in conjunction with semi-annual PEARL conferences. Traditionally, lobby days are held in March, July and November. PEARL’s most recent legislative effort was to send letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, urging them to take leadership in protecting Tamil civilians from the Sri Lankan government’s military onslaught. Prior to this effort, PEARL focused on stopping U.S. military funding to Sri Lanka, which it effectively accomplished with Section 699 of HR.2764, which restricted military aid until Sri Lanka met human rights requirements.

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