ABOUT US

People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization led by human rights activists concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka.

Lobby Day 2008

PEARL was formed in 2005 by volunteers who went to Sri Lanka and witnessed the human rights violations and the hardships of Tamil civilians affected by the conflict. Upon their return to the U.S. they created PEARL to increase engagement between Americans and elected officials and to urge the U.S. government to play a role in improving human rights in Sri Lanka.

Mission

PEARL was formed in 2005 by volunteers who went to Sri Lanka and witnessed the human rights violations and the hardships of Tamil civilians affected by the conflict. Upon their return to the U.S. they created PEARL to increase engagement between Americans and elected officials and to urge the U.S. government to play a role in improving human rights in Sri Lanka.

Vision

PEARL was formed in 2005 by volunteers who went to Sri Lanka and witnessed the human rights violations and the hardships of Tamil civilians affected by the conflict. Upon their return to the U.S. they created PEARL to increase engagement between Americans and elected officials and to urge the U.S. government to play a role in improving human rights in Sri Lanka.

PEARL's Key Accomplishments

  • 2007

    PEARL successfully stopped U.S. military aid to Sri Lanka in December 2007, through passage of Sec. 699G of HR 2764. ⁣⁣

  • 2009

    PEARL organized a "Starving for Peace" campaign in February 2009, in which eight PEARL members began a fast to stop the ongoing genocide.

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2011

    PEARL supported a lawsuit filed against Sri Lankan General Shavendra Silva in September 2011, who was then-Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN. ⁣

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2016-2020

    PEARL has produced five full-length reports on issues affecting the Tamil people including militarization, transitional justice, memorialization, and the domestic judiciary.⁣

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2016-2020

    PEARL has provided expert media commentary following international news events in Sri Lanka to centre the Tamil perspective. ⁣

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2018-2020

    PEARL launched an incredibly successful reading group that has enabled hundreds of Tamil youth around the world to learn about the struggle.⁣

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2019

    PEARL launched In the Face of Genocide, a Tamil-authored museum experience with photographs, historical context, infographics, and an audio tour about the Tamil struggle in New York and Toronto.⁣

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2020

    PEARL launched a global advocacy team in January 2020, with advocacy officers in Canada, the UK, the US, and at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The team has collectively held dozens of meetings with policymakers in their respective countries, pushing for accountability and justice for Tamils.

  • Aug 3, 2021

    2019-2020

    We developed legal arguments, based on international criminal law, that Black July and the Mullivaikkal Massacre constitute genocide. This is in effort to advance formal Tamil genocide recognition.

Partners

PEARL was formed in 2005 by volunteers who went to Sri Lanka and witnessed the human rights violations and the hardships of Tamil civilians affected by the conflict. Upon their return to the U.S. they created PEARL to increase engagement between Americans and elected officials and to urge the U.S. government to play a role in improving human rights in Sri Lanka.

The People of PEARL

Board of Directors

tasha-manoranjan
Tasha Manoranjan

Executive Director

vino-kanapathipillai
Dr. Vino Kanapathipillai
gajan-raj
Gajan Raj
sadena-thevarajah
Sadena Thevarajah

Our Team

mario-arulthas
Mario Arulthas

Strategic Advisor /
Sr. Advocacy Officer, US

anjali-mannivan
Anji Manivannan

Legal Director

vivetha-thambinathan
Vivetha Thambinathan

Research Director

avi-selvarajah
Avi Selvarajah

Sr. Legal Officer

sivakami-rajamanoharan
Sivakami Rajamanoharan

Sr. Advocacy Officer, UK

sagi-thilipkumar
Sagi Thilipkumar

Sr. Advocacy Officer, UNHRC

archana-ravichandradevan
Archana Ravichandradeva

Sr. Advocacy Officer, CA

abarna-selvarajah
Abarna Selvarajah

Advocacy Officer, CA

thevya-balendran
Thevya Balendran

Advocacy Officer, CA

ernest-rajakone
Ernest Rajakone

Advocacy Officer, US

ahrabi-rajkumar
Ahrabi Rajkumar

Advocacy Officer, UK

brannavy-jeyasundaram
Brannavy Jeyasundaram

Operations Officer

athavarn-srikantharajah
Athavarn Srikantharajah

Governance Advisor

gow-naguleswaran
Gow Naguleswaran

Communications Officer

thiviya-navaratnam
Thivya Navaratnam

Advocacy Officer, US

gowri-koneswaran
Gowri Koneswaran

Sr. Legal Officer

sangeetha-yogendran
Sangeetha Yogendran

Sr. Legal Officer

meruba-sivaselvachandran
Meruba Sivaselvachandran

Legal Intern, In Loving Memory

PEARL was formed in 2005 by volunteers who went to Sri Lanka and witnessed the human rights violations and the hardships of Tamil civilians affected by the conflict. Upon their return to the U.S. they created PEARL to increase engagement between Americans and elected officials and to urge the U.S. government to play a role in improving human rights in Sri Lanka.

Join Our Team

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.