Release of report – ‘Trincomalee High Security Zone and Special Economic Zone, September 2009’

7th September 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CPA) latest report ‘Trincomalee High Security Zone and Special Economic Zone, September 2009’ brings to the fore critical issues of national security, development and the fundamental rights of the citizens. The report highlights the significant dividends obtained from the reduction of the High Security Zone (HSZ) including civilians return to their homes and land. Though some returns have taken place, the report highlights that there still remain over 6000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are unable to return to their land as a result of the HSZ. The issues raised in this report are timely given the ongoing discussions on resettlement, relocation, reconstruction and development for the North of Sri Lanka. 

Centre for Policy Alternatives

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.