Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 April, 2019

Understanding Emergency: Easter Sunday Attacks 2019

The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka were the worst incidence of terrorism since the end of the war a decade ago. Four days after the main events, the aftershocks of the attack have still not subsided and the country has not returned to normalcy. In order to deal with the situation, the President proclaimed […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 April, 2019

CPA strongly condemns the violence in churches and hotels across Sri Lanka

21st April 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) vehemently condemns today’s attacks on three churches, three hotels and other locations across Sri Lanka that resulted in over 200 deaths and left over 450 injured. This shocking and senseless attack is the largest witnessed in post-war Sri Lanka. CPA extends its deep […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 April, 2019

Proposed Counter Terrorism Act: Questions and Answers

The proposed Counter-Terrorism Act (CTA) was approved by Cabinet on 11 September 2018 and tabled in Parliament on 9 October 2018. This short document prepared by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) attempts to address frequently asked questions on the CTA and compliments previous documents on the same issue. Initial statement made by CPA on […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 December, 2018

CPA Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Proclamation Dissolving Parliament

13 December 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) warmly welcomes the judgment by the Supreme Court today holding unanimously that the Proclamation issued by the President on November 9 to dissolve Parliament and call for a General Election is ultra vires and unconstitutional. The Court’s judgment is historic, coming at a highly […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 November, 2018

Centre for Policy Alternatives V Attorney General [SC FR 353/2018] (Fundamental Rights Application challenging the dissolution of Parliament)

12th November 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers challenging the proclamation (Gazette Extraordinary 2096/70) issued by President Sirisena purportedly dissolving the Eighth Parliament. CPA’s position is firm that Article 70(1) of the Constitution read with Articles 33(2)(c) make it crystal clear that the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 November, 2018

Centre for Policy Alternatives V Mangala Samaraweera and Two Others [ SC FR 34/2018] & Bhavani Fonseka and Four Others [ SC FR 33/ 2018]

23rd January 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Two Fundamental Rights Petitions were filed challenging the validity of Excise Notification No 4/2018 of the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2054-42 issued by the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Finance and Media on 18th January 2018. The effect of Excise Notification No 4/2018 is to reintroduce: The prohibition on women above the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 November, 2018

Constitutional Crisis: Questions and Answers II

The Centre for Policy Alternatives has prepared this short guide to answer some further questions that have arisen in the public debate about the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka. See the previous set of Questions and Answers here. What was the Supreme Court’s decision on November 13th? When the President issued a gazette on November 9th […]

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