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. 



People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) is 501(c)3 non-profit organization led by human rights activists concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. PEARL was founded in 2005 by Tamil Americans based in Washington, DC. The previous year, a group of university students traveled to Sri Lanka to volunteer with humanitarian efforts. Once there, these young Tamils were catalyzed by the ongoing repression and systemic human rights violations they saw Tamils suffering on the island. In the years since its inception, PEARL has positioned itself as a resource for policymakers, activists, journalists, civil society, and victim-survivors, both in the North-East and in the rest of the world. It is also one of few Tamil diaspora organizations led by a woman. 

What We Do 


Our research and analysis is focused on issues affecting the Tamil community in the North-East of Sri Lanka.


Our advocacy includes consistent and thorough engagement with the international community. 


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

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People for Equality and Relief in Lanka

1629 K Street, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006