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Remembering the Kumarapuram massacre

(Washington, DC; February 11, 2018)     22 years ago today, in a small Tamil village in the North-East of Sri Lanka, a group of soldiers murdered 26 people, left 24 others injured, and gang-raped a 15-year-old girl. Twenty years after the Kumarapuram massacre, on July 27, 2016, an all-Sinhalese jury at the Anuradhapura High […]

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Tamil Diaspora Organizations Redouble Efforts to Prosecute War Criminals & Work for Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka

(Canberra-London-Washington, January 01 2018 ) On this New Year’s Day 2018, the undersigned Tamil diaspora organizations resolve to expedite justice and expand relief for the survivors of Sri Lanka’s genocide against Tamils. We appeal to the International Community, particularly the Western and regional powers with influence and involvement in Sri Lanka, to ensure justice and lasting […]

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Defiance in Remembrance

  (Washington, DC/Jaffna; November 27, 2017) Maaveerar Naal, the Tamil National Remembrance Day, falls on the day Lt Shankar became the first member of the LTTE to die in combat in 1982. Eelam Tamils have traditionally marked this occasion as a day of commemoration and solidarity. As in most cultures, the sacrifice of those who […]

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PEARL Condemns Ongoing Torture & Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka; Urges U.S. Government to Re-Consider its Partnership with Sri Lanka

  (Washington DC, November 9, 2017) People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) condemns the Sri Lankan government for the torture of over 60 Tamils who have now sought refuge in Europe. The International Truth and Justice Project has gathered testimonies from these Tamil men, and the Associated Press (AP) corroborated over 50 accounts […]

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Demanding accountability for international crimes committed by Sri Lankan Armed Forces attending 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver

  (Ottawa, ON, November 8, 2017) A coalition of organizations will be in Ottawa today at 1:30 p.m. to highlight Sri Lanka’s litany of violations of international law and to demand swift action from the Government of Canada during the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference to be held in Vancouver on November 14-15, 2017. In […]

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‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu District’

(Jaffna/Washington, October 4, 2017) The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) today release, “Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu,” a report examining the extent and impact of militarisation in Mullaitivu District. The report accompanies an interactive online map illustrating the extent of militarisation in Mullaitivu […]

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Sri Lanka Must Heed the Call of Victims and Address Disappearances

(Washington, DC; August 30, 2017) Today, on the International Day of the Disappeared, PEARL stands in solidarity with those affected by enforced disappearances. Around the world, countless families continue to live with uncertainty about the fates of their loved ones in violation of their right to truth.   Sri Lanka is one of the countries […]

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Assault against prominent anti-disappearances activist must be independently investigated and universally condemned

(Washington, DC; August 16, 2017) – Mariyasuresh Easwary, a leading Tamil activist who has been campaigning against enforced disappearances in the North-East was assaulted by two men in Mullaithivu on August 14, 2017. Ms. Easwary, whose husband was disappeared by the Sri Lankan military in 2009, was travelling alone at around 8pm last night when […]

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The Right to memorialisation of Tamils & harassment of Tamil activist leading memorialisation

Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim civil society activists have co-signed  statement on the continuing harassment of Rev Fr Elil Rajendram over his efforts to conduct a remembrance event on May 18. See below for full statement. PDF can be found here.   We, the undersigned individuals and organisations, strongly condemn the continued police harassment of Rev. […]

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தடைகளற்ற நினைவுகூரல் சமாதானத்திற்கு இன்றியமையாதது

  (Washington, DC; 18 May 2017) வைகாசி 18 ஆம் திகதியை வடகிழக்கு மற்றும் புலம்பெயர் நாடுகளில் வாழும் ஈழத்தமிழர்கள் ஒன்றிணைந்து தமிழ் இனப்படுகொலை நாளாக  நினைவு கூருகின்றனர். இந்த  நாளில் சிறீலங்கா அரசாங்கத்தின் வன்முறையில் பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்கள், முக்கியமாக போரின் இறுதிக் காலகட்டத்தில் திட்டமிட்டு படுகொலை செய்யப்பட்டவர்கள் நினைவு கூரப்படுகின்றனர். 2009 ஆம் ஆண்டு அட்டூழியங்கள் நடந்தபோது தமிழ் இனம் எவ்வளவு துன்பத்தையும் துயரத்தையும் அனுபவித்தும் தமது கோரிக்கைகளில் உறுதியாக இருந்ததோ அதே உணர்வுடன் இன்றும் […]

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