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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]