Press Releases

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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International Community Must Keep a Critical Eye Over Sri Lanka’s Reform Process, Amidst Ongoing Militarization and Human Rights Violations

(Washington, DC: June 30, 2016) PEARL welcomes the oral update from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing Resolution 30/1. The work of OHCHR has been a source of hope and a focal point for Tamil victims and activists on the ground. However, in the […]

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Obstructing Remembrance Precludes Justice, Reconciliation

As Tamils around the world gather to remember those who died in the last phase of the armed conflict, repudiations of accountability hinder prospects for enduring peace and stability.   (Washington, DC; May 18, 2016) Today, PEARL joins Tamils in the homeland and across the diaspora in mourning those who died seven years ago during […]

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Sri Lanka must immediately release Sivakaran and other Tamils held under the PTA

Recent spate of arrests and abductions raise further doubt about Sri Lanka’s reform efforts     (Washington, DC; April 27, 2016) PEARL is deeply concerned by Sri Lanka’s latest arrest and detention under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) of Subramaniyam Sivakaran, a Tamil activist and journalist from the North-East. Sivakaran was arrested in […]

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Press Release: “Withering Hopes” – New Report Raises Concerns Sri Lanka’s Window for Sustainable Peace is Closing

(Washington, DC; April 20, 2016) A new report by People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) provides details of ongoing militarization and harassment amongst the Tamil population of the North-East of Sri Lanka, over one year after the change in presidency and seven months after the election of the United National Party-led national government. […]

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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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