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Impunity Reigns in Sri Lanka: PEARL Report Examines Kumarapuram Massacre and Acquittals 20 Years Later

(Geneva, March 20, 2017) PEARL’s new report, Impunity Reigns in Sri Lanka: The Kumarapuram Massacre and Acquittals, provides an in-depth analysis of the Kumarapuram massacre case and, more broadly, examines barriers to credible prosecution of atrocity crimes in the Sri Lankan legal system. The massacre took place in 1996, when a group of soldiers from […]

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PEARL Co-hosting Panel at UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva

(March 16, 2017) During the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 34th session currently taking place in Geneva, PEARL will co-host a panel on “Addressing Implementation of Operative Paragraphs 6 & 8 of HRC Resolution 30/1: Sri Lanka, foreign judges and militarization.” The side event, co-hosted with British Tamils Forum (BTF) and Pasumai Thaayagam, will be held at […]

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Sri Lanka should not obstruct Tamil commemorations of Maaveerar Naal

Sri Lanka should not obstruct Tamil commemorations of Maaveerar Naal     (Washington, DC; November 22, 2016) PEARL is deeply concerned about a statement attributed to Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, who threatened legal actions against those commemorating Maaveerar Naal on November 27. Annually, Tamils around the world observe Maaveerar Naal, or […]

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Erasing the Past: New Report Documents Repression of Memorialization in North-East Sri Lanka

PEARL’s latest report examines government obstruction of memorialization among Tamils in the North-East   (Washington, DC; November 1, 2016) PEARL’s new report, “Erasing the Past: Repression of Memorialization in North-East Sri Lanka,” documents the government’s constraints on remembrance among Tamils in the North-East of Sri Lanka. Efforts by victims and survivors to commemorate the past are […]

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International Community Must Keep a Critical Eye Over Sri Lanka’s Reform Process, Amidst Ongoing Militarization and Human Rights Violations

(Washington, DC: June 30, 2016) PEARL welcomes the oral update from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing Resolution 30/1. The work of OHCHR has been a source of hope and a focal point for Tamil victims and activists on the ground. However, in the […]

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PEARL panel: Justice and Peace in Sri Lanka – Possibilities and Risks

PEARL held a panel discussion entitled Justice and Peace in Sri Lanka – Possibilities and Risks, last Wednesday in Washington DC.     Speakers included Kara Bue of Armitage International, Lisa Curtis from The Heritage Foundation, Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group and Sutha Nadarajah, Assistant Professor at the School of Oriental and African […]

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Obstructing Remembrance Precludes Justice, Reconciliation

As Tamils around the world gather to remember those who died in the last phase of the armed conflict, repudiations of accountability hinder prospects for enduring peace and stability.   (Washington, DC; May 18, 2016) Today, PEARL joins Tamils in the homeland and across the diaspora in mourning those who died seven years ago during […]

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Sri Lanka must immediately release Sivakaran and other Tamils held under the PTA

Recent spate of arrests and abductions raise further doubt about Sri Lanka’s reform efforts     (Washington, DC; April 27, 2016) PEARL is deeply concerned by Sri Lanka’s latest arrest and detention under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) of Subramaniyam Sivakaran, a Tamil activist and journalist from the North-East. Sivakaran was arrested in […]

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Press Release: “Withering Hopes” – New Report Raises Concerns Sri Lanka’s Window for Sustainable Peace is Closing

(Washington, DC; April 20, 2016) A new report by People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) provides details of ongoing militarization and harassment amongst the Tamil population of the North-East of Sri Lanka, over one year after the change in presidency and seven months after the election of the United National Party-led national government. […]

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PEARL’s News Update 19 April 2016

  7 years ago this month: Around 200,000 Tamils marched through London, calling for a ceasefire as Sri Lanka intensified attacks against the Tamil population in the remaining areas held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Photo: Tamil Guardian) PEARL’s News Update 19 April 2016     NEWS     White van abduction by […]

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