Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 March, 2020

Brief Guide I: Evolving Legal Issues in the Context of COVID-19

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The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has prepared this brief guide to raise several legal issues and highlight consequences in the context of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has taken swift action in recent weeks to contain Covid-19 outbreak. These actions have been taken in the backdrop of Parliament being dissolved by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 2nd March 2020.  Whilst CPA acknowledges the work done by those in the frontlines in containing the spread of the virus, increasing concerns are raised of emerging governance and rights issues in the response to the present health emergency. This brief guide aims to constructively engage with the authorities to ensure the Government is able to deal with Covid-19 pandemic efficiently, lawfully and constitutionally. In the effort to tackle the virus, CPA underlines the importance of upholding of the rule of law and adherence to constitutional governance in Sri Lanka.

Access the full guide here. Download in Sinhala here. Download in Tamil here.