Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 November, 2015

CPA Condoles on the Death of the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero

9 November, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses its condolences on the death of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. Ven. Sobitha Thero was a key civil society figure in the defeat of populist authoritarianism. Through his dynamic leadership and personality, the Movement for Social Justice reached out to and helped galvanize […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 November, 2015

The Public Perception of Governance in Government is Not Good

9 November 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is disturbed and condemns two reported recent incidents adversely impacting governance – the Police attack on the Diploma students and what transpired in Parliament over the Avant Garde investigation. In the case of the former, CPA unreservedly condemns the Police attack.  In any […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 20 October, 2015

Map of work by Outreach teams

This map follows the work of CPA’s Outreach teams that work on democracy at the grassroot level, increasing public participation and critique of local governments in their relevant areas. Citizen Councils are an initiative to engage people in democracy, by equipping them with knowledge and awareness to take the issues of their community to the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 20 October, 2015

Introduction to Public Participation in Constitution Making

CPA hosted a meeting for Civil Society to introduce its Programme on Citizen Participation in Constitution Making on the 13th of October at the OPA, Colombo. Senior Researcher from CPA Outreach, Lionel Guruge introduced attendees to the objectives of the proposed programme, which are mainly to ensure that citizen recommendations and aspirations were included in […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 October, 2015

Saving Sunil: A study of dangerous speech around a Facebook page dedicated to Sgt. Sunil Rathnayake

‘Saving Sunil – a study of dangerous speech around Facebook page dedicated to Sgt. Sunil Rathnayake’ continues the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) study of online discourse, particularly over social media, around dangerous and hate speech, following its first report on the subject ‘Liking Violence: A Study of Hate Speech on Facebook in Sri Lanka’ […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 October, 2015

Statement on the UNHRC Resolution

October 1, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes the adoption of the resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ at the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In a paradigm shift from past positions, the Government of Sri Lanka co-sponsored the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 September, 2015

Certificates of Absence: A Practical Step to Address Challenges Faced by the Families of the Disappeared in Sri Lanka

Thousands of people went missing during the near three decade long war in Sri Lanka but due to the lack of a comprehensive and independent investigation, the exact number is unknown. State and non state initiatives have noted various steps required regarding this specific issue including the tracing of missing persons, legal support, mental health […]

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