Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 June, 2017

Serious Concerns with Recent Comments Made Against Attorney-at-Law Mr. Lakshan Dias

18 June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned about a recent statement made by Mr. Wijedasa Rajapakse, Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, stating that he would “take necessary steps to remove Mr. Lakshan Dias from the legal profession” if Mr.Dias did not apologise within 24hours for a […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 6 June, 2017

Press Release on SC SD 7/2017 [Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act No 2 of 2013 (Amendment) Bill]

6th June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes the decision of the Government to withdraw the “Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act No 2 of 2013 (Amendment) Bill” (the Bill). The undertaking was given today in the Supreme Court by counsel appearing for the Attorney General’s department when the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 June, 2017

A Call to President Maithripala Sirisena: Establish the Office of Missing Persons Immediately

1st June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned with the inaction of the Government of Sri Lanka in realising key promises made to a significant number of its citizens about the search for their disappeared and missing loved ones. Despite the numerous calls for action including persistent protests by […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 May, 2017

Effective Action and Accountability Needed Now to Counter Religious Violence and Tension

May 23rd 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned about recent attacks and threats against Muslim places of worship and businesses as well as the use of inflammatory and insulting rhetoric against Islam.  CPA unreservedly condemns these actions and calls on the government and the law enforcement agencies to […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 19 May, 2017

THE NEED TO REBOOT RECONCILIATION IN POST-WAR SRI LANKA

May 19th 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The eighth anniversary of the end of the war draws attention to the progress made and prospects for meaningful reconciliation. At the expense of the multi-faceted challenge of transitional justice and reconciliation, attention, in recent years, has focused heavily on the last stage of the war, in particular the […]

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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 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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