PEARL’s News Update 02 November 2018

    Students at the University of Jaffna held a memorial service to mark ten years since the death of former student union leader Sellathurai Purusothaman, who was killed along with another Tamil youth. He was one of the many activists killed as the ceasefire broke down (Photo: Tamil Guardian)         PEARL’s…

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

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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Prosecutions and Vetting Needed to End Ongoing Torture in Sri Lanka

Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP   (Washington, DC; June 26, 2018): Today, on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, PEARL expresses our grave concern about the prevalence of ongoing physical and sexual torture of Tamils by Sri Lanka’s security forces. In order to eradicate torture, members of the international community must demand that Sri Lanka…

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Remembrance, Resistance and Resilience

(Washington, DC; May 18, 2018) Today Eelam Tamils gather in the Tamil homeland and around the globe to commemorate Tamil Genocide Day, remembering not only the tens of thousands killed in the final phase of the armed conflict, but also those lost throughout the struggle against oppression. Despite constant surveillance and intimidation by security forces,…

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