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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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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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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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Tamils Need Recognition and Justice for All Atrocities Since Black July 1983

(Washington, DC: July 25, 2016) This week, the 33rd anniversary of “Black July,” is marked by Eelam Tamils across the world. In July 1983, thousands of Tamils were killed by state-backed Sinhalese mobs in a series of violent pogroms and riots. The deliberate, pre-planned and state-sanctioned violence devastated the Tamil people across the island, sparking […]

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