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Delayed or Denied? Sri Lanka’s Failing Transitional Justice Process

June 3, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM


We invite you to attend the official launch of People for Equality and Relief in Lanka’s (PEARL) latest report: Delayed or Denied? Sri Lanka’s Failing Transitional Justice Process.

Please read the full report here: http://pearlaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PEARL-TJ-Report-Final-Portrait.pdf

The purpose of this event will be two-fold: To launch PEARL’s latest report with an informative discussion on the failures of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and to equip young Tamil activists with tools to continue critically engaging with the Tamil struggle. The first portion of the event will be panel discussion while the second portion will be an interactive workshop facilitated by Toronto-based Tamil community organizers. Please see below for information on our panelists, moderator and workshop facilitators.


Dharsha Jegatheeswaran

Dharsha Jegatheeswaran is a Tamil-Canadian lawyer who, after being called to the Bar in the province of Ontario in June 2016, has been based in Jaffna since August 2016 helping set up the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR, @adayaalam_cpr), of which she is Research Director. ACPR aims to fill a critical need for a think-tank, based in the North-East that reports and presents analyses from a Tamil perspective in a manner which genuinely and sincerely reflects the war-affected Tamil communities’ views and priorities. While at ACPR, Dharsha has written multiple reports and briefs on security sector reform and proposed transitional justice legislation, as well as run multiple capacity-building programs including for university students, journalists and families of the disappeared.

Dharsha was formerly the Human Rights Director for Washington-based NGO, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL). Dharsha holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a H. B.Sc. from McMaster University. She has conducted research and advocacy for multiple Tamil diaspora advocacy organizations and has attended the UN Human Rights Council numerous times as an advocate on Tamil issues. Dharsha also worked as a legal intern at the Colombo based Centre for Policy Alternatives in 2013 and co-authored a comprehensive report on illegal land acquisitions. Dharsha’s research interests lie in accountability, justice and security sector reform.

Anji Mannivannan

Anji Manivannan is a human rights lawyer with expertise in atrocity crimes, transitional justice, gender, and freedom of expression. Since 2009, she has supported People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) and other Tamil diaspora organizations in their work to end impunity in Sri Lanka. She has field experience in India, Palestine, and West Africa and has advocacy experience at the international, regional, and national levels. Anji holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from New York University (NYU) School of Law.

Tasha Manoranjan

Tasha Manoranjan is the founder and director of People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Sri Lanka. She spent over a year documenting human rights violations committed against Tamil civilians in northern Sri Lanka, and remains committed to pursuing accountability for violations of international law. Tasha is an associate in Sidley Austin LLP’s Litigation Practice. Tasha received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Tasha earned her law degree at Yale Law School, where she served as the Features Editor and Book Reviewer for the Yale Journal of International Law, Chair of the South Asian Law Students Association and Community Enrichment Chair of the Women of Color Collective. While at Yale, Tasha wrote a paper entitled “Beaten but not Broken: Tamil Women in Sri Lanka”, which was subsequently published at 11 Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 139 (2010).


Laxana Paskaran

Laxana Paskaran is a community organizer, writer, and artist. She received her Honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and English from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). Laxana has volunteered her time to coordinate campaigns, organize events, and facilitate workshops with several Tamil community organizations based in Toronto. She is currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Young Women’s Leadership Network, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering young women’s civic and political leadership.

Workshop Facilitators:

Induja Mathipalan

Roshni Raveenthiran


June 3, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM




Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Dr
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7 Canada
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