Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 September, 2018

Study on Information Requests Submitted to Public Authorities and Responses Received under the Right to Information Act

Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Act provides the mechanism for citizens to oversee the decision-making and actions of public authorities. The RTI Act first expresses that it is the operational mechanism of the substantive right of access to information as recognised in Article 14A of the Constitution. Section 3 of the RTI Act outlines […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 September, 2018

Initial Comment on the Proposed Counter Terrorism Bill

September 18th, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes the improved version of the Counter Terrorism Bill to repeal and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which has reportedly obtained Cabinet approval last week. While the process of preparing the Bill could have been much more transparent and inclusive, the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 12 September, 2018

CPA Intervenes on the Challenge to the Proposed Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution

12th September 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers today intervening in the petition filed by Udaya Gammanpila, MP challenging ‘The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution’ (The Bill), a Private Member’s Bill tabled in Parliament on 5th of September 2018 by Vijitha Herath, […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 September, 2018

Confronting Accountability for Hate Speech in Sri Lanka: A critique of the legal framework

Post-war Sri Lanka has witnessed numerous incidents of ethno-religious violence. From Aluthgama in 2014 to Gintota in 2017 to Ampara and Digana in 2018, instances of ethno-religious violence have escalated to the point of property damage, grievous injury, and—in the cases of Aluthgama and Digana—death. Violence of this nature is not restricted to the Buddhist […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 November, 2017

Response to the Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero’s Comments on the Centre for Policy Alternatives

2 November 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On Saturday 28th October, both Hiru and Ada Derana News broadcast ideas about the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expressed by the Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero. Addressing a conference of Bikkhus at the Dhammikaramaya in Ratmalana on the proposed new constitution, the Venerable Thero stated that CPA and its […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 August, 2017

CPA Calls for the Resignation of Minister Ravi Karunanayake

August 04th 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has followed recent media reports of the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the issuance of Treasury Bonds with increasing concern. The reported allegations of financial misconduct and conflicts of interest are extremely serious and their political consequences graver. Whatever the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 August, 2017

CPA extended their hand to school children in the Matara district affected by the recent floods

Although the mandate of the Centre for Policy Alternatives(CPA) has been research and advocacy, when the need has arisen CPA has contributed towards humanitarian relief. The distribution of essential educational equipment for   children affected by the recent floods is one such example. The initiative was taken by the staff of CPA and its election monitoring arm […]

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