International Advocacy

PEARL launched PEARL International in the fall of 2008, and quickly tripled its membership. PEARL now has over 2700 members in the United States and over 7000 members abroad. iPEARL mobilizes activists from around the globe to pressure key international bodies, such as the United Nations and the European Union. iPEARL’s focal campaign was to prevent Sri Lanka from gaining a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. iPEARL submitted an official report to the UN regarding Sri Lanka’s egregious human rights violations, ranging from extrajudicial “disappearances” to indiscriminate bombing and shelling to targeted attacks at Tamil community, religious, and political leaders. This report was cited in the UNHRC explication of its refusal to award Sri Lanka a seat on the UNHRC.