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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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Unrestricted remembrance essential for peace

  (Washington, DC; May 18, 2017) On May 18, Eelam Tamils across the North-East and the diaspora stand together to commemorate Tamil Genocide Day. The day is spent remembering the victims of Sri Lankan state violence, particularly those killed in the deliberate and systematic attack on the population of the Vanni during the last phase […]

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Sri Lanka’s draft Counter Terrorism Act: a license for continued state oppression, intimidation and torture

May 4, 2017   The Sri Lankan cabinet’s approval of the new Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) is further confirmation of the state’s unwillingness to meet its obligations on human rights, to its citizens and the international community.   The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1978 has been used by successive Sri Lankan governments to […]

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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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