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Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) is a not-for-profit research think-tank that works on public policy issues in Sri Lanka with a special focus on issues affecting the Tamil polity in the island. ACPR commenced operations in September 2016. ACPR is based in Jaffna and works throughout the North-East. ACPR is an independent non-partisan organisation and does not associate itself with any other organisation or political party. The vision of ACPR is the creation of a politically, socially and economically just pluri-national Sri Lanka. The mission of ACPR is to be an active contributor of informed and research-based activism within the Tamil polity, to report on public policy issues that are of special relevance to the North-East of Sri Lanka, to create internal capacity for autonomy and self-government in the North-East and to contribute critically towards justice, accountability and sustainable peace in Sri Lanka.

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Situation Briefing No.6: Deteriorating Security Situation for Families of the Disappeared in the North-East of Sri Lanka

May 16, 2022 The full briefing in English is available for download here. The world’s attention is now on Sri Lanka as it confronts its worst economic crisis ever. As the island sees record numbers of Sinhalese protesting in recent weeks, the excessive force used by police and security forces has rightly sparked international outrage….

Situation Briefing No.5: Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka

March 1, 2021 The full PDF of this briefing can be downloaded here. Since the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in November 2019, Sri Lanka has seen an alarming regression in respect of human rights, the rule of law, and democracy. As noted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in her report on…

Situation Briefing No.4: Sri Lanka’s Repression of the Tamil Polity’s Right to Remember

January 12, 2021 The full briefing can be downloaded in English here. On Friday January 8, Jaffna university authorities on direction of the government destroyed a memorial commemorating Tamil civilians killed in the final phase of the war in Mullivaikkal on the Jaffna university campus. Their actions were a brazen attempt by the government to…

Eleven years on, still no justice

ACPR Statement May 18, 2020 Today we commemorate all those lives that we lost during the war, especially the tens of thousands of Tamil lives that were taken by horrific atrocities perpetrated during the final phase of the war and as a result of the numerous massacres and atrocities committed during the Sri Lankan state’s…

Situation Brief No.3: COVID-19: Sri Lanka’s militarised response poses grave threats to human rights

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) Situation Brief No. 3 COVID-19: Sri Lanka’s militarised response poses grave threats to human rights April 30, 2020 Available for download in English here. Tamil translation coming soon. As the world struggles to deal with an unprecedented global pandemic, it is imperative that states choose an approach that respects…

Pardon of Ratnayake reinforces Sri Lanka’s Culture of Impunity for Military Crimes

ACPR Statement March 30, 2020 The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research condemns the decision of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to grant a presidential pardon to Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake. Ratnayake was convicted for killing eight unarmed Tamil civilians including three children on the 19th of December 2000 in Mirusuvil, Jaffna. As described by the…

Launch of website commemorating Mullivaikkal atrocities 10 years on

(Jaffna/London: May 17th, 2019) As part of a collaborative project marking the 10th year since the end of the war in Sri Lanka, today the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, Tamil Guardian and 47 Roots, launched: www.RememberMay2009.com. The website aims to provide a resource that maps out the atrocities that took place during the final months of…

Joint Civil Society Statement: In Solidarity with those affected by recent events

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….