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 4 February, 2017

Behind the scenes: The making of luxury spaces in Colombo

In 2013 – 2014, at the height of evictions and involuntary relocations across the city by the then Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the community at Station Passage was always mentioned by other affected communities as a case where the relocation process was a positive one. The residents were going to have their new […]

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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 1 February, 2017

The Making of a World Class City: Displacement and Land Acquisition in Colombo

1 February 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: CPA’s latest report ‘The Making of a World Class City: Displacement and Land Acquisition in Colombo’ explores the process of making Colombo a world class city, begun post-war under the Rajapaksa regime and its continuity under the yahapalanaya government. The previous government’s Urban Regeneration Programme (URP), which is being […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 January, 2017

Report launch and discussion on post war urban development in Colombo

27 January 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to launch two reports on post-war urban development in Colombo. The first report (available online) ‘Living it down: Life after relocation in Colombo’s high rises’ is based on findings of a survey conducted with 1,222 households in Colombo forcibly relocated by the Rajapaksa regime while […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 12 January, 2017

CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform | Working Paper 14

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased publish the fourteenth Working Paper in its series on constitutional reform, by Dr Asanga Welikala, on ‘The Idea of Constitutional Incrementalism.’ Exactly two years after the remarkable regime change that made it possible, the reform process is admittedly looking threadbare, with what seems like the normal culture […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 6 January, 2017

CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform | Working Paper 13

6 January 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: CPA is pleased to publish the thirteenth Working Paper on constitutional reform, ‘Establishing a Constitutional Court: The Impediments’ by Dr Nihal Jayawickrama. In this paper Dr Jayawickrama discusses the current proposal to introduce a Constitutional Court in its historical context, and critically examines the serious issues that would have to […]

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