Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 July, 2016

CPA’s 20-Year Anniversary: Videos

The Centre for Policy Alternatives celebrated its 20th anniversary on the 17th of June 2016. Several senior members of the staff shared their memories of CPA, reflections on the impact the organisation has had and its relevance for the future.

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 July, 2016

Written Submissions by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) to the Subcommittee of the Constitutional Assembly on Fundamental Rights

CPA thanks the chairperson and members of the subcommittee on fundamental rights for the opportunity to give oral submissions on 29th June 2016. In relation to the form and content of fundamental rights, their enforcement, and the concept of constitutionalism that should underpin the future constitution’s bill of rights, a number of ideas were put […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 July, 2016

Written Submissions by the Centre for Policy Alternatives to the Subcommittee of the Constitutional Assembly on the Judiciary

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is thankful to the chairperson and members of the Subcommittee of the Constitutional Assembly on the Judiciary, for the invitation to provide written submissions in respect of the judiciary. Even though some institutional improvements towards securing the rule of law have been made by the Nineteenth Amendment to the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 July, 2016

Transitional Justice: Where Are The Champions?

by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu There is no getting away from the issue of international participation in the accountability mechanism, specifically that of foreign judges. The 2015 Geneva resolution co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan government explicitly allows for this in terms of the active participation of internationals but does not spell out their precise role. The issue keeps surfacing with […]

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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 27 June, 2016

පැල්පතකින් මැදුරට: From shanty to home

The Centre for Policy Alternatives continues to document and support communities in Colombo who were forcibly evicted or relocated under the previous Government’s Urban Regeneration Project, which was carried out by the Urban Development Authority and the then Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. Thousands of families living in the UDA built high rises continue to hope that the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 June, 2016

RESHAPING THE EXECUTIVE: CHOOSING THE PRIME MINISTER IN A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM

Michael Mendis and Asanga Welikala, RESHAPING THE EXECUTIVE: CHOOSING THE PRIME MINISTER IN A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 2, June 2016. The second paper in the CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform series is on Reshaping the Executive:Choosing the Prime Minister in a Parliamentary System, by Michael Mendis and Asanga […]

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