Sri Lankan comedian Natasha Edirisooriya was arrested under the ICCPR Act for allegedly violating the country’s freedom of speech laws. The CPA has expressed concern, arguing that the arrest is part of a broader pattern of harassment and intimidation of dissenting voices. Read the full statement in English Read the full statement in Tamil Read […]
A Brief Analysis of the Aragalaya is a modest attempt at providing empirical evidence on the participants of Sri Lanka’s Aragalaya and the public perception of them using data gathered from the island-wide survey on the Aragalaya conducted by the Social Indicator, the survey arm of the Centre for Policy Alternatives. Download the full report HERE
The 21st Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution has recently been enacted in response to large-scale public protests that galvanized citizen involvement in politics. This amendment aims to restore and strengthen the balance of powers between the executive, legislature, and judiciary, which had been eroded by the previous government’s actions. The previous 20th Amendment had […]
Economic crimes such as corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion have severe consequences for society, often perpetuating inequality and undermining human rights. In many countries, the problem of economic crime is exacerbated by the capture of state institutions, where powerful individuals and organizations use their influence to subvert the rule of law and advance […]
Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Bhavani Fonseka and Mirak Raheem intervene in Supreme Court Special Determination (SC SD 13/2023) in support of the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill.
19th April 2023, Colombo, Sri Lanka. An application was filed today in the Supreme Court to intervene in Supreme Court Special Determination No. 13/2023 by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Bhavani Fonseka, Senior Researcher- CPA and Mirak Raheem, a former Commissioner at the Office on Missing Persons and […]
Examining Sri Lanka’s Proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill: A Conversation with Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
In this interview with News1st, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, shares his insights on Sri Lanka’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill, its potential impact on human rights and democracy, and the need for genuine political will to address past abuses and build public trust.
The book examines the challenges faced by victims of past human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in their pursuit of justice. Despite facing numerous setbacks, including denials, intimidation, harassment, and surveillance, victims have persevered in their efforts to get answers about the fate of their loved ones. The State’s response to past violence has been […]