Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 August, 2016

Soulbury Plus: Conceptual Foundations and Institutional Features of a Parliamentary-Constitutional State

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish the fourth paper in the CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform series, on Soulbury Plus: Conceptual Foundations and Institutional Features of a Parliamentary-Constitutional State, by Dr Harshan Kumarasingham (Researcher, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History) and Dr Asanga Welikala (Research Fellow, CPA). Aside from […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 August, 2016

Buddhism and the Regulation of Religion in the New Constitution: Past Debates, Present Challenges, and Future Options

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish the third paper in the CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform series on Buddhism and the Regulation of Religion in the New Constitution: Past Debates, Present Challenges, and Future Options, by Dr Benjamin Schonthal (Senior Lecturer in Buddhism and Asian Religions, University of Otago) and […]

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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 31 March, 2016

Land Occupation in the Northern Province: A Commentary on Ground Realities and Recommendations for Reform

Land is a key issue for reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Reparations including the restitution of land, if implemented in the correct manner, can contribute to long-term peace building efforts and prevent further marginalisation of people who were affected by the war. With promises by the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to initiate reforms including with […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 January, 2016

Preliminary Submission by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) to the Public Representation Commission

Listen to the submission, presented by the Executive Director of CPA Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu to the PRC on 22 January 2016  below. Download the submission as a MP3 here. The full text of the submission follows. Download it as a PDF here. The document can also be downloaded in Sinhala and Tamil. Preliminary Submission by […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 December, 2015

An Introduction to the New Constitution

This booklet contains a collection of suggestions that can be taken into consideration if Sri Lanka is to have a new Constitution in the near future. These suggestions are specifically derived upon analyzing South Africa’s and Kenya’s Constitutions. The booklet would be most useful as a source for the public for information on constitution-making. Download […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 May, 2015

KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND REPARATIONS IN THE IMMEDIATE AND LONG TERM

Recent statements by the Government of Sri Lanka indicate some movement in the area of truth, justice and reparations in the coming months. The Minister for Foreign Affairs has earlier referred to a ‘credible domestic mechanism’[1] with the President most recently stating that a domestic process is to be initiated in June 2015.[2] Furthermore, the […]

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