Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 September, 2017

150 Years Later: The Story of Tea – campaign recap

In August 2017, we celebrated 150 years of tea production in Sri Lanka. While there was much reported in the media around celebratory events by tea producers, distributors, and the hospitality industry, and the future of Ceylon tea, there was little to no mention whatsoever of the tea plantation workers without whose contribution the industry […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 September, 2017

CPA Concerned with Process to Operationalize the Office on Missing Persons (OMP)

13th September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) raises serious concerns with the issuing of Gazette (extraordinary) No 2036/21 on 12th September 2017 by President Maithripala Sirisena qua Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation. CPA previously raised concerns when President Sirisena issued Gazette (extraordinary) 2028/45 assigning the Office on Missing Persons […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 29 August, 2017

CPA Challenges the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill

A Bill titled ‘The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution’ (the Bill) was placed on the Order Paper of Parliament on 23rd August 2017. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director filed a Petition on 28th August 2017 in the Supreme Court, stating that the Bill can only be passed in Parliament with […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 August, 2017

This House is not a Home: The struggle for addresses and land in the estate sector

The workers of Sri Lanka’s tea estates have faced a myriad of challenges for as long as the industry has existed. A century and a half since the first plantations were introduced, these challenges still persist, along with several others that have arisen over time. Conditions in the estate sector continue almost unchanged, despite post-war […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 August, 2017

150 Years Later: the story of tea

11 August 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In 2017, we celebrate 150 years of tea production in Sri Lanka. To mark this anniversary, several events and activities have been planned throughout the year in Sri Lanka and internationally, including a Global Tea Party, International Tea Convention and a charity auction organised by a variety of stakeholders […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 August, 2017

CPA Calls for the Resignation of Minister Ravi Karunanayake

August 04th 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has followed recent media reports of the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the issuance of Treasury Bonds with increasing concern. The reported allegations of financial misconduct and conflicts of interest are extremely serious and their political consequences graver. Whatever the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 August, 2017

CPA extended their hand to school children in the Matara district affected by the recent floods

Although the mandate of the Centre for Policy Alternatives(CPA) has been research and advocacy, when the need has arisen CPA has contributed towards humanitarian relief. The distribution of essential educational equipment for   children affected by the recent floods is one such example. The initiative was taken by the staff of CPA and its election monitoring arm […]

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