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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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 6 January, 2017

CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform | Working Paper 11 & 12

6 January 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish two more Working Papers in its series on constitutional reform. Working Paper No.11, by Daniel Garcia, adopts an unequivocally left-wing ideological standpoint in arguing against the inclusion of socioeconomic rights in any future constitutional document, from the perspective of the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 December, 2016

Sri Lanka: A review for Human Rights Day 2016

Human Rights Day (December 10th) gives us an opportunity to reflect on the successes and more importantly, the failures in addressing human rights-related issues in Sri Lanka, and to hopefully use this evaluation as a guideline for the years ahead. This is not an exhaustive overview but provides an insight into issues that have been […]

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