News Updates

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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Statement by Civil Society: Immediately Release Land of the People of Keppapilavu

(February 17, 2017) We, the undersigned civil society organizations, write this statement to express solidarity with protestors of Keppapilavu and condemn the Government’s lack of appropriate and timely response or action towards releasing their land from military occupation.[1]   For over two weeks, villagers from Pilakudiyiruppu, Keppapilavu, have been stationed on the side of the […]

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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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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’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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PEARL’s News Update 13 April 2016

  Tamil protestors voice their discontent about environmental issues, including the planned power plant in Sampur ; Jaffna 09 April 2016 (Photo: Tamil Guardian) PEARL’s News Update 13 April 2016     NEWS     Tamils denied access to land “released” by the government Although one month has passed since Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena […]

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PEARL’s News Update 05 April 2016

  Families of the disappeared at a meeting with government ministers in Akkaraipattu, Amparai, 30 March 2016 (Photo: JDS) PEARL’s News Update 05 April 2016     NEWS     Several Tamil students admitted into hospital following assault by Sinhala mob A group of Tamil students have been hospitalised following an attack by a mob […]

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PEARL’s News Update 29 March 2016

  Sinhala soldiers march with Buddhist flags at opening of another yet shrine in Kilinochchi (Photo: Sri Lanka Army) PEARL’s News Update 29 March 2016     NEWS   ‘Amazing evening of sweet music’ at US navy concert with war crimes-accused Sri Lankan military The USS Blue Ridge docked in Colombo over the weekend amidst […]

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PEARL’s News Update 21 March 2016

  Mallakam Koanappulam camp IDPs hold a hunger strike protest demanding resettlement (Photo: @uthayashalin) PEARL’s News Update 21 March 2016   NEWS   President Sirisena again rules out foreign judges in Sri Lanka war crimes probe Addressing the National Law Conference in the sea side southern resort of Wadduwa yesterday, Sirisena said: “I will not […]

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