On February 3rd, #Tamils and #Muslims in the North-East led a historic protest marching from #Pottuvil, Amparai to #Polikaddy, Jaffna — the geographic tips of the traditional Tamil homeland. They marched over 5 days in defiance of Sri Lankan court orders.⁣ #P2P
Organized by Tamil and Muslim civil society organization their demands are based on: ⁣
1. A traditional Tamil homeland;⁣
2. The right to self-determination for a Tamil nation; and ⁣
3. Recognition of the Tamil nation; and⁣
4. International justice for Tamil genocide.
Their demands as outlined by the North East Civil Society Forum:

#P2P #PottuvilToPolikandy
The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Security has responded to the protests by threatening further violence. A domestic resolution to the plight of the #Tamil and #Muslim communities on the island is simply not possible.⁣

Without international intervention in support of the Tamil people’s aspirations for justice, accountability and a sustainable political solution, the prospects for progress are dim and the people will continue to protest. #P2P #Pottuvil2Polikandy

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7 Dec 20
This month, we are celebrating PEARL’s 15th anniversary: 15 years of fearless #Tamil-led advocacy, legal work, and research to advance justice and self-determination for the Tamil people in the North-East of Sri Lanka. In 2021, our fight continues. #PEARL15 #JusticeForGenocide
In 2005, @tdmanoranjan founded PEARL following humanitarian trips to Sri Lanka. In 2004, Tasha and other Tamil American volunteers hoped to raise funds to rebuild the schools in which they had been teaching English...
Later that year the #BoxingDayTsunami led to an influx of financial support from intl. donors that was then misdirected by the #GoSL to Sinhalese areas instead of affected Tamil areas. This clearly exposed the root problem of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism.
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27 Jul 20
THREAD: The international response to the anti-Tamil pogroms of 1983, specifically the Tamil diaspora mobilization during this time, is often left out of our narratives. This resistance should be remembered and commemorated. #Tamil #lka #BlackJuly
The 1983 genocide of the Tamil community was a wake-up call to the rest of the world. The Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism demonstrated by the Sri Lankan state was finally starting to be seen and condemned by the rest of the world. #BlackJuly
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24 Jul 20
THREAD: The following details the acts of violence inflicted on the Tamil People throughout the #BlackJuly Genocide. Readers are encouraged to practice caution while reading and reflecting.
Note: While we’re unable to provide full accounts of the violence by piecing together different incidents we hope to provide a better understanding of how the events unfolded.
The period of July 24-July 29, 1983, known as “Black July” in Sri Lanka, is considered to have galvanized the Tamil People behind the armed movements fighting for a separate state against the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL).
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22 Jul 20
THREAD: On the eve of #BlackJuly, we are redrawing attention to the months preceding the violence.

An often repeated myth is that the 1983 Black July pogroms were a response to the killing of 13 soldiers by the LTTE on July 23, 1983. This is false. #Tamil #lka
Violence from state actors had been increasing in the months ahead of #BlackJuly. Tamils were being killed at will. Human rights activists, political activists and militants were being detained and tortured. Local newspapers, including the Saturday Review, documented the violence
In April, SA David and Dr. Rajasundaram of the Gandhiyam Movement were arrested and held. They were severely tortured throughout. The Gandhiyam Movement was a non-violent movement, which assisted refugees, by setting up farms and distributing food.
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4 Jun 20
STATEMENT: PEARL strongly condemns this week’s establishment of two presidential task forces in #SriLanka, which sets the country on a firm course to autocratic governance. Both new task forces appear to be exclusively Sinhala and include suspected war criminals. (1/7) Image
“Rajapaksa’s new presidential task forces will exacerbate the existing militarization and state-sponsored colonization of the Tamil-dominated North-East, breeding further tension and instability in the region,” said PEARL’s Executive Director @tdmanoranjan. (2/7)
The goals of the “PTF to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society” are written ambiguously - to “curb illegal activities of social groups” and “take legal action against persons responsible for...anti-social activities”. (3/7)

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23 May 20
The establishment of a military task force to “protect archaeological sites” in the eastern province is a formalization of what has been occurring for decades, in what Tamils call the traditional Tamil homeland, in the North-East of the island tamilguardian.com/content/sri-la…
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Much of the colonization has been targeted at border regions between the North and East and most of the districts bordering Sinhala districts, including Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai, particularly through the Mahaweli Development Authority
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