Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 September, 2019

CPA calls for urgent action to address recent events in Mullaitivu District

30 September 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply troubled by the recent incidents in the Mullaitivu District around the disputed land between a Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar Kovil and Mullaitivu Gurukanda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya, that is illustrative of the fault lines of conflict in post war Sri Lanka. The incident speaks […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 May, 2019

CPA Press Statement on Incidents of Communal Violence in May 2019

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the increased spate of communal violence against the Muslim community since the Easter Sunday attacks of 21 April 2019. Recent and ongoing incidents in Negombo, Chilaw, Kurunagala, Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Dummalasuriya, Rasnayakapura, Kobeigane, Bingiriya among others indicate that Muslim homes, businesses and places of worship are being […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 February, 2019

Values and Attitudes Survey on 70 Years of Independence in Sri Lanka

This study aims to capture public opinion on areas pertaining to governance, democracy, political ideology, international relations, peace and reconciliation – following 70 years’ of Independence in Sri Lanka. In particular, the youth vote and the extent to which there is a democratic deficit between this sector and their electoral representatives. The overarching idea of […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 October, 2018

Paradise Lost? Preliminary Notes on a Constitutional Coup

Asanga Welikala There were three dramatic announcements on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 from the Presidential Secretariat, which occurred in the following order: (a) the announcement of the withdrawal of the UPFA from the government; (b) the swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapaksa before President Maithripala Sirisena as the Prime Minister; and (c) the announcement that […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 August, 2018

Digital Dangers: CPA Flags Continued Use of Disinformation, Propaganda and Hate Speech in Sri Lanka

Disinformation, propaganda and hate speech continues to distort the digital space in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) noted during a panel discussion organised by the Information Safety and Capacity (ISC) Project, which provides information security and capacity building assistance to civil society organisations, rights activists and independent media. The discussion was held […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 January, 2018

CPA Statement in Response to Supreme Court Reference 01/2018

11 January 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) made representations today on behalf of itself and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, intervening in the reference made by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Supreme Court regarding his term of office as President. On 8 January 2018, media reports indicated that President […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 June, 2017

Serious Concerns with Recent Comments Made Against Attorney-at-Law Mr. Lakshan Dias

18 June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned about a recent statement made by Mr. Wijedasa Rajapakse, Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, stating that he would “take necessary steps to remove Mr. Lakshan Dias from the legal profession” if Mr.Dias did not apologise within 24hours for a […]

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