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Recent Statements

  • Remembering the Mullivaikkal Massacre, 12 Years On
  • PEARL condemns the arrest of the Mayor of Jaffna, Viswalingam Manivannan, and demands the dropping of all charges [தமிழ்]
  • Today's UNHRC resolution is a step towards justice for Tamils; decisive action beyond the Council still necessary [தமிழ்]
  • International Women's Day: Calling for an End to Gendered Harassment and Violence Against Tamil Women in Political Spheres
  • Honoring Meruba
  • PEARL amplifies demands from the North-East; reiterates need for justice & accountability ahead of UNHRC46
  • PEARL welcomes the united Tamil call for action at the UNHRC [தமிழ்]

Recent Op-Eds and Commentary


May 11, 2019

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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…

‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu District’

October 4, 2017

(Jaffna/Washington, October 4, 2017) The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) today release, “Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu,” a report examining the extent and impact of militarisation in Mullaitivu District. The report accompanies an interactive online map illustrating the extent of militarisation in Mullaitivu…

Sri Lanka’s Dirty War Continues…

February 2, 2009

[Journeyman Pictures] Description: “This collection of footage presents a nation battling decades of civil war and seeing thousands of political arrests. Years of bloodshed in Sri Lanka places today’s violence in its proper context.” [Watch  Video on Youtube]

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…

PEARL Co-hosting Panel at UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva

March 16, 2017

(March 16, 2017) During the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 34th session currently taking place in Geneva, PEARL will co-host a panel on “Addressing Implementation of Operative Paragraphs 6 & 8 of HRC Resolution 30/1: Sri Lanka, foreign judges and militarization.” The side event, co-hosted with British Tamils Forum (BTF) and Pasumai Thaayagam, will be held at…

Reports on the Sinhalization of the North-East

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The Muslim population in Pulmoaddai has complained of Sinhala colonisation in surrounding areas, particularly since the end of the armed conflict in 2009. The expansion of Sinhala settlements, including along the B60 road and on land owned by Muslims, has alarmed the local population and increased tensions. The proliferation of military camps and Buddhist temples, on top of the settlements, are perceived by locals to be part of a wider effort to Sinhalise the region - dividing the previously contiguous Tamil-speaking populations on the Mullai-Trinco border.



The south-east of the Mullaithivu District has been a target for state-sponsored Sinhala settlements for decades. As with Pulmoaddai, the Kokkilai region of Mullaithivu lies on the strategically important border between the traditional Tamil homeland's northern and eastern regions, and as such has been targeted for state-sponsored Sinhala settlements.



The Kottiyarpattu area is divided into three divisional secretariats (DS), the Muttur DS, Seruwila DS and Verugal DS. This report will focus on the latter two, which were both administered together as the Seruwila DS until 1988, when the Tamil area was separated as the Verugal DS. This created a majority Sinhala Seruwila DS and a majority Tamil Verugal DS.


Kankesanthurai (KKS)

In the early 70s, the KKS harbour was rejected as a suitable port 
by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) following pressure from Buddhist monks and Sinhala extremists. This crucial port was capable of promoting free trade globally to and from the Tamil homeland, but was left undeveloped by the state. During its 
time as an electoral district, KKS witnessed a major turning point among Tamils.


Additional PDF Reports

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Fact Sheets and Graphics

Tamil Memorialization Under Threat

Examples Of Military Canteens And Shops In Maritimepattu DS Division, Mullaitivu

[MAP] Mapping Militarization in Mullaitivu


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