The Right to Information Act comes into effect today – the 3rd of February 2017. Here are some key facts on the act’s purpose, the information accessible through it and how to get about filing a request for information. Access the act in English, Sinhala and Tamil.
The Parliament of Sri Lanka voted today to establish the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), the first permanent office solely focusing on the issue. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes this historic move in a context where thousands continue to search for their missing and disappeared loved ones and urges the establishment of the […]
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has documented and litigated on land issues and the rights of affected communities for over a decade with specific focus on issues related to the war and post war context. One specific case where CPA has been active is the displacement of over 12,000 individuals in 2006 from Sampur, […]
As noted in our previous post, VILAASAMA which in olden day Sinhala means a ‘Missive’, and is translated into Tamil as VILAASAM, is the Report of the Project on Safeguarding Civil Rights of Plantation Sector Workers and highlights moments from the project and interviews with many of the stakeholders and beneficiaries involved. The right to […]
24 September 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, was invited by the White House to participate in a meeting, hosted by President Barack Obama, with heads of state and leaders of civil society, multilateral organizations, and the philanthropic community to discuss growing restrictions being placed […]
Image courtesy Simon Fraser University On September 21, 2013, Sri Lankans Without Borders in partnership with Groundviews launched the De Zoysa-Sivanayagam 2014 Fellowship in Digital Journalism. As noted on SLWB’s website, Lasantha Wickrematunge led the fight for press freedom in Sri Lanka, “unbowed and unafraid,” for a number of years before he was assassinated in […]
The Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu was awarded the Citizens Peace Award for 2010 by the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. Dr. Saravanamuttu was selected from 52 nominations received following the announcement of the award in November 2010. ### 15 February 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Executive […]