Black July 83 – 30th anniversary Sri Lankan Tamil commemorative event in Melbourne

Black July 83 – 30th anniversary Sri Lankan Tamil commemorative event in Melbourne


DATE:      Saturday, July 27, 2013

TIME:       4:00pm until 6:00pm

VENUE:   Hungarian Community Centre, 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna, Victoria, Australia 3152

On behalf of Australia–Tamil Solidarity and Tamil Organisations in Victoria, I am extending an invitation to you and your family to a commemoration event to be held on Saturday, the 27 July 2013.

You may well be aware, it was 30 years ago in July 1983 (Black July) that the pogrom found to be organised by the Government of

Sri Lanka triggered the exodus of Tamils from that island. The

Sri Lankan State sanctioned pogrom saw the killing, torture and rape of several thousands of Tamils and over 4,000 Tamils were reportedly killed, many were seriously injured and there was large-scale destruction of property and businesses belonging to the Tamils. To this day not one person has been charged for these atrocities.

For the fleeing Tamils, desperate for a safe place to live, Australia provided refuge. Many Australians played an important role in expediting the early arrival of those Tamils in distress. Although, now it is 30 years since that landmark event in the history of Sri Lanka and much water (and blood) has flown under the bridge, the Tamils now settled in Australia still vividly remember the compassion shown by Australians during those dark days towards the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The care and concern extended is very much embedded in the Tamil Communities memory.

In order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Black July tragedy and to highlight and reiterate the fact that the plight of the Tamils and other human rights issues are still continuing unabated in Sri Lanka, a Remembrance Meeting has been organised as stated in the enclosed invitation card. We would very much appreciate your presence at this sombre and commemorative occasion.



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