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Impunity Reigns in Sri Lanka: The Kumarapuram Massacre and Acquittals

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.

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Erasing the Past: Repression of Memorialization in North-East Sri Lanka

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 hindered by triumphalist “victory” monuments established by the government throughout the North-East, and are compounded by oppressive state […]

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Withering Hopes

    This report provides insight into the current human rights and political climate facing the Tamil population in 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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Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

OISL is the first broad and comprehensive investigation by the United Nations into human rights violations and related crimes in Sri Lanka.  It covers a wide range of alleged violations and abuses of human rights over a nine year period from 2002-11. It was mandated by the Human Rights Council in March 2014, amid growing […]

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Tainted Peace – Torture in Sri Lanka since May 2009

This report is about torture practised by the military, police and intelligence services in Sri Lanka. It is based on a study conducted by Freedom from Torture of 148 Sri Lankan torture cases forensically documented by expert doctors in our Medico-Legal Report (MLR) Service, in accordance with the standards set out in the UN Manual […]

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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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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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