The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that the vital contribution of civil society to the public policy debate is in need of strengthening. CPA is committed to programs of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated. CPA is an independent, non-partisan organization which receives funds from international and bilateral funding agencies and foundations.
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CPA complaint against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) to be taken up on 24th April 2014

23rd April 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Complaint filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director (Complaint No: HRC/3083/13) before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) and its Chairmen will be taken up for hearing tomorrow (Thursday, 24th April 2014) at 10.30 at the...

Forced evictions in Colombo: The ugly price of beautification

9 April 2014: The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ latest report “Forced Evictions in Colombo – The Ugly Price of Beautification” raises serious concerns with regard to the displacement of citizens in the city of Colombo due to the Urban Regeneration Project of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development....

Vibhasha – 10th Edition

Tenth Edition of Vibhasha in Tamil, Sinhala and English.

Crowd funding update: Two months on, more support needed

24 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Please read and help us distribute this appeal in Tamil here or Sinhala here. CPA sincerely thanks all those who responded to its initial crowd sourcing appeal.  Your generous assistance will critically sustain our work in the challenging year ahead. Two months later, we take this opportunity to re-launch the appeal. Please note the...

Statement on arbitrary detention of Human Rights Defenders

18th March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the arrest and detention last week of several individuals in the North and East, including Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). CPA condemns these attempts by the Government of Sri Lanka...

A COMMENTARY ONTHE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE MISSING PERSONS

6 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has closely monitored previous Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and recommended policy alternatives in the search for truth, justice and accountability. While CPA acknowledges the need to have credible domestic processes, the present framework does not...

CPA Outlook 2014

6 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In 2014 Sri Lanka will be subjected to a number of landmark events including elections, 5 years since the end of the war and the 25th Human Rights Council session in March. This publication contains a series of short interviews with the Executive Director, Unit Heads, Researchers and curators...

Commentary on the Census on human and property damages due to conflict 2013

Commentary on the Census on human and property damages due to conflict 2013 5 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The results of the ‘Census on human and property damages due to conflict – 2013’ are due to be published in March 2014, in time for the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in...

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY MEMORANDUM TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Download the following statement as a PDF here or read it online here. ### We recognize the framework agreed upon in resolutions 21/1 HRC (2012) and 22/1 HRC 2013 supporting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka and efforts made by member states calling on the Sri Lankan government to address grave violations of human rights and...

Commentary on the Progress Achieved in Implementing the National Plan of Action to Implement the Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

Download the commentary/introduction to the full report, published below, as a PDF here. Download the comprehensive report in table form as a PDF here or read online here. ### The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was established in May 2010 and the report of the Commission (LLRC Report) was presented to the President in...

Peace Monitor, Volume 11, Issue 1 – January 2014

Download Peace Monitor, Volume 11, Issue 1 – January 2014 here or read it online here.

Samaadana Nokku: January 2014 (Peace Monitor in Tamil)

Download Samaadana Nokku, January 2014 edition here or read online here.