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Justice and Self-Determination for the Tamil People

We bring together research, advocacy, and activism to promote and protect the human rights of Tamil people in the North-East of Sri Lanka.

Recent Publications

Remembering India’s crimes against Tamils: The Valvettithurai Massacre

August 2, 2019

Remembering India’s crimes against Tamils: The Valvettithurai MassacreThe information on this page was largely compiled from information put together by Nadarajah Anantharajah, the then-secretary of the Citizen Committee Valvettithurai and a survivor of the IPKF massacre. He was detained for two days and severely beaten by the IPKF. His meticulous documentation, including written affidavits by…

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In Solidarity with those affected by recent events

May 4, 2019

We the undersigned Tamil civil society organizations unequivocally condemn the horrific Easter Sunday attacks which took more than two hundred and fifty lives, and also express our wholehearted solidarity and support to our Christian communities, targeted in this cowardly act of violence by extremists. We stand with the Christian people, as members, as allies, as…

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PEARL Demands Justice for Genocide Against Tamils

December 10, 2018

(Washington, D.C.; December 10, 2018)—Following yesterday’s International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, PEARL remembers the victims of Sri Lanka’s genocide against the Tamil people and demands justice. Sri Lanka’s “slow genocide” against the Tamil people started in 1948, when Sri…

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Tamil Women’s Day: Honoring Strength & Resistance in the Face of Oppression

October 10, 2018

(Washington, D.C.; October 10, 2018) – On Tamil Women’s Day, PEARL remembers the women who participated in the Tamil struggle for rights and self-determination, and honors the ongoing fight against oppression. October 10, 1987 marked the death of 2nd Lt. Malathy, the first LTTE female fighter to die in combat. This day is now used…

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On Anniversary of Black July, International Community Should Recognize Sri Lanka’s Successive Genocides Against Tamil

July 23, 2018

Photograph: Tamil Guardian   (Washington, D.C.; July 23, 2018) – On the 35th anniversary of the start of “Black July” 1983, PEARL remembers the Tamil victims, survivors, and generations affected by all of Sri Lanka’s atrocities against the Tamil people. Thirty-five years ago this week, the government of Sri Lanka sponsored a brutal anti-Tamil pogrom,…

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What We Do


PEARL's research and analysis is focused on issues affecting the Tamil community in the North-East of Sri Lanka. We have conducted extensive field research on issues such as accountability, militarization, impunity, memorialization and transitional justice.

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PEARL's advocacy includes consistent and thorough engagement with the international community. This includes the United Nations in New York and Geneva, U.S., Canada, European Union, and other governments.

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Knowledge Mobilization

We mobilize communities across the globe to fight injustice and raise awareness about the situation in Sri Lanka.

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Volunteers have been at the core of PEARL's work since our inception in 2005. PEARL is operated by a broad community volunteers, and a few staff. Our volunteers have contributed to all levels of our work, including our highest leadership bodies. 

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Your support allows PEARL to continue its urgent advocacy for Tamil rights and its work to achieve justice for the thousands of Tamils who lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods in Sri Lanka's genocide. Your contribution reminds all of us that they are not forgotten.

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Recieve weekly newsletters, press releases, and other updates from our PEARL team. You will also recieve weekly updates with the latest on the human rights situation for Tamil people in the North-East of Sri Lanka.