Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 February, 2017

Victim-Centred Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: What Does It Really Mean?

There is now a growing consensus that victims must be at the heart of any transitional justice process. Since 2015 and the government’s promise to introduce transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka, these terms have been used by varied stakeholders. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has consistently called for a victim-centered approach in Sri […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 February, 2017

RTI in Sri Lanka – 2017

The Right to Information Act comes into effect today – the 3rd of February 2017. Here are some key facts on the act’s purpose, the information accessible through it and how to get about filing a request for information. Access the act in English, Sinhala and Tamil.  

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2017

Two Years In Government: A review of the pledges made in 2015 through the lens of constitutional reform, governance and transitional justice

The political transition of January 2015 promised ambitious reforms and raised expectations accordingly. Two years on, serious concerns have emerged with regard to the National Unity Government’s reform project.  Despite some successes, the current public perception is of a slow pace or even stagnation. This in turn has resulted in disillusionment and disappointment, with questions posed […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 July, 2016

A Brief Guide on the Draft Legislation to Establish an Office on Missing Persons

In 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the consensus Resolution tilted ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ which provided a framework for transitional justice in Sri Lanka, including the establishment of four specific mechanisms. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is to be the first. The Government of Sri Lanka […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 May, 2016

Saama Vimarshi: March – April

This issue of the Saama Vimarshi is around the theme of Transitional Justice. The Sinhala newsletter can be downloaded here.

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 February, 2016

Citizen Survey on a New Sri Lankan Constitution

  The following is a brief survey conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) on a new Sri Lankan constitution. Sri Lankans of all ages are requested to respond to the following questions. The findings of the survey would be shared with the Public Representations Committee (PRC) appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 19 February, 2016

International Mother Language Day: A Look at Language Rights in Sri Lanka​

  When asked about what the official language in Sri Lanka is, a majority of Sri Lankans said that it is Sinhala only while only 15% gave the correct answer of Sinhala and Tamil. CPA has a long history of work in the field of language rights, one that speaks of great success for minority […]

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