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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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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

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 human rights in addressing this crisis. This brief highlights several human rights concerns in relation to Sri Lanka’s militarised approach to responding to the…

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….

Letter to UNHRC from Civil Society Organizations working in the North and East

January 30, 2019  We the undersigned civil society groups, in particular from the North and East of Sri Lanka, members of war victims’ associations, other likeminded organisations and individuals concerned about the current state of affairs in Sri Lanka and lack of progress on peace and justice, bring to your kind attention the following issues…

Joint Statement: Alleged War Criminal’s appointment as Chief of Staff to Sri Lankan Army confirms lack of political will to address accountability and justice

(Jaffna/Washington, 14 January 2019) The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the Sri Lankan Government’s decision to appoint Major General Shavendra Silva, an alleged war criminal, as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army. Brigadier Silva as he then was, led the Sri Lankan Army’s 58 Division during the last phase of the armed…

Situation Brief No. 2: Surveillance, Harassment and Intimidation of Disappearances’ Activists in the North-East

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) Situation Brief No.2  Surveillance, Harassment and Intimidation of Disappearances’ Activists in the North-East August 30, 2018 Full brief available for download in English with footnotes here. I. Background Over the last two years, the issue of enforced disappearances has become an increasingly central topic in the conversation around human…