In June 2007, CPA filed a fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court seeking relief and effective redress in respect of the eviction of Tamil persons from Colombo and the prevention of Tamil persons from entering and / or staying in any part of Colombo. This was filed in the aftermath of several persons being forcibly rounded up in the Wellawatte police division and taken in buses to an unknown destination by the Police. The matter which is an in violation of Article 11, 12(1), 12(2), 13(1), 13(2) and 14(1) (h) of the Constitution was supported on the same day and the Supreme Court granted interim relief and issued notice on the Respondents. In May 2008, the Sri Lanka Supreme Court issued an order barring security forces from evicting ethnic Tamils without a court order.
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution- and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process. Focusing primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated.