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Tamils Need Justice to Enjoy Human Rights and Live With Dignity

(WASHINGTON, DC; December 10, 2015) On the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 49th anniversary of the adoption of the binding International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR),PEARL notes with serious concern continuing abuses […]

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UN Confirmation of Sri Lanka Torture Camp Raises More Questions

(Washington,DC; November 20, 2015) The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UN WGEID) confirmed Wednesday what Tamils in Sri Lanka have known for many years: the Sri Lankan state runs secret detention camps in which it holds and tortures Tamil detainees.   The UN WGEID’s announcement that it had discovered a “secret underground […]

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Celebrating Ten Years of PEARL

    (Washington, DC; November 16, 2015) This month marks the tenth anniversary of People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL). We invite you to celebrate PEARL’s past and ongoing work on behalf of Tamils, by supporting us with a donation. Any amount will help further our work.   PEARL was founded in 2005 […]

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Tamil political prisoners must be released immediately

(WASHINGTON, DC; October 23, 2015): Tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the Bindanuwewa massacre, in which over 27 Tamil political detainees were killed by a Sinhala mob in a premeditated attack.   Sinhalese villagers stormed the Bindanuwewa detention center in the south of Sri Lanka on October 24, 2000, where many detained Tamil youths were […]

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PEARL Welcomes UN OISL Report

PEARL Welcomes UN OISL Report; Urges Maximum International Involvement in Accountability Mechanism   (WASHINGTON, DC; October 2, 2015): People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) welcomes the report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (“OISL”), which details apparent gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian […]

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