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Remembrance, Resistance and Resilience

(Washington, DC; May 18, 2018) Today Eelam Tamils gather in the Tamil homeland and around the globe to commemorate Tamil Genocide Day, remembering not only the tens of thousands killed in the final phase of the armed conflict, but also those lost throughout the struggle against oppression. Despite constant surveillance and intimidation by security forces, […]

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PEARL’s New Report Launched: ‘Delayed or Denied? Sri Lanka’s Failing Transitional Justice Process’

Washington, DC; May 14, 2018 PEARL’s new report, “Delayed or Denied? Sri Lanka’s Failing Transitional Justice Process” documents Sri Lanka’s failure to fulfill its transitional justice commitments and the complacency with which its intransigence has been received by members of the international community. Sri Lankan officials have publicly repudiated their promises on at least 30 […]

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Vetting of Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force for UN Peacekeeping

(May 1, 2018)  Joint Diaspora letter to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations   We write yet again about the issue of vetting and screening of Sri Lanka peacekeepers. We would like to draw your attention to the deployment of members of Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force for peacekeeping. These are paramilitary […]

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Joint Civil Society Statement – In Solidarity with Families of Disappeared’ Year-Long Protest

(February 20, 2018)   Today marks one year since Families of the Disappeared took to the road in Kilinochchi, Marunthankerny (Jaffna), Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Mullaitivu demanding answers about the fate of their disappeared loved ones. Despite meetings with President Sirisena last year in which he agreed to meet the families’ demands for the release of […]

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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 Court […]

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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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