Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2018

The Centre for Policy Alternatives vs. Attorney-General SC SD 24/2017 [In re: The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution]

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 16 February, 2018

The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. Kabir Hashim and others SC (FR) Application No.54/2016

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director filed a Fundamental Rights application challenging the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardana, as a Member of Parliament elected under Article 99A of the Constitution (the National List). In accordance […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2018

Sanjeewa Sudath Perera and two others vs. H.E. Maithreepala Sirisena (SC FR 67/2016) (Fundamental Rights application challenging the Tamil version of the National Anthem)

Sanjeewa Sudath Perera and two other persons filed a Petition dated 26th February 2016 in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to sing the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Tamil at the official Independence Day celebrations in 2016. The Petitioners argued that singing the Anthem in Tamil was contradictory to Articles 7 and 12 of […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2018

The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. The Attorney General (Amendment to section 291 of the Penal Code) (SC SD 28/2015)

On December 11th 2015, a Bill titled “Penal Code (Amendment) Bill” was placed on the Order Paper of Parliament for the purpose of amending the Penal Code (Chapter 19). The Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Petition on the 17th of December 2015, challenging the constitutionality of the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2018

Civil Society Statement on the Office on Missing Persons

2nd February 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: We the undersigned wish to express our deep disappointment in the process through which the legislation on the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) was enacted and the Office operationalised. Following the co-sponsoring of UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 in 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka made firm promises […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 February, 2018

Human Rights Commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka and Ways Forward

2018 is a significant year for Sri Lanka. The country marks the 70th anniversary of its independence on the 4th of February. Long overdue and much anticipated local government elections will take place under a new electoral system a week later on the 10th of February. These elections will be the first under the government […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 February, 2018

Civil Society Statement – 70 Years of Independence

February 4th 2018 marks 70 years of Sri Lanka’s independence. The upcoming anniversary will be celebrated, similar to the years before, by the state and some sections of society with pomp and pageantry. However, despite Sri Lanka being a formal functioning democracy with enviable social welfare indices, our post-independence history has been punctuated by struggles for justice and equality […]

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