Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 March, 2017

Oral Statement delivered by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu  at the Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner on Report on Sri Lanka

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu. Oral Statement delivered by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu  at the Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner on Report on Sri Lanka. I appear before you as a human rights defender who was labeled a traitor and terrorist because of a staunch belief in a citizen’s responsibility to protect and strengthen human rights, justice and […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 March, 2017

Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017: Finalist

22 March 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to announce the ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture, is a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design category. As noted online, “Fast Company sifted through more than […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 20 March, 2017

REBOOTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM PROCESS: A CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT

It is now over two months since the constitutional reform process effectively went into abeyance, with the indefinite postponement in January of the submission of the Steering Committee’s Interim Report to the Constitutional Assembly for debate. Substantial work was undertaken during 2015, including the work of the Public Representations Committee, the Subcommittees of the Constitutional […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 March, 2017

CPA STATEMENT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT NO. 2 OF 2013 – (RIGHTS OF DETAINEES – ACCESS TO LEGAL COUNSEL)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the Bill titled Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act No. 2 of 2013 – (rights of detainees – access to legal counsel) which was approved by Cabinet of Ministers on the 21st February 2017 and gazetted on the 6th March 2017. […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 March, 2017

Press Release: MoU signed between CPA & the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages

09th March 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The first Memorandum of Understanding between the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and a Government Ministry was signed between CPA and the Ministry of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, yesterday, 9th March 2017. The MoU is on an audit on the status of Language Rights in central government […]

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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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