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Recent Statements

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    • 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]

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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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