Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2017

Two Years In Government: A review of the pledges made in 2015 through the lens of constitutional reform, governance and transitional justice

The political transition of January 2015 promised ambitious reforms and raised expectations accordingly. Two years on, serious concerns have emerged with regard to the National Unity Government’s reform project.  Despite some successes, the current public perception is of a slow pace or even stagnation. This in turn has resulted in disillusionment and disappointment, with questions posed […]

Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 July, 2016

A Brief Guide on the Draft Legislation to Establish an Office on Missing Persons

In 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the consensus Resolution tilted ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ which provided a framework for transitional justice in Sri Lanka, including the establishment of four specific mechanisms. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is to be the first. The Government of Sri Lanka […]

Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 May, 2016

Saama Vimarshi: March – April

This issue of the Saama Vimarshi is around the theme of Transitional Justice. The Sinhala newsletter can be downloaded here.

Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 February, 2016

Citizen Survey on a New Sri Lankan Constitution

  The following is a brief survey conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) on a new Sri Lankan constitution. Sri Lankans of all ages are requested to respond to the following questions. The findings of the survey would be shared with the Public Representations Committee (PRC) appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka […]

Centre for Policy Alternatives on 19 February, 2016

International Mother Language Day: A Look at Language Rights in Sri Lanka​

  When asked about what the official language in Sri Lanka is, a majority of Sri Lankans said that it is Sinhala only while only 15% gave the correct answer of Sinhala and Tamil. CPA has a long history of work in the field of language rights, one that speaks of great success for minority […]

Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2016

Convergence: On Religious Diversity and Freedom in Sri Lanka

The last three decades of Sri Lanka’s history is largely defined by violent conflict, especially in the North and East of the country. Since that war came to an end in May of 2009, we have also seen the rise of extremist religious and other racist groups, including from within the Buddhist clergy. CPA travelled […]

Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 February, 2016

Why Do We Need A New Constitution?

  This booklet is compiled by the Citizens Initiative for Constitutional Change. In an easy-to-read, simplified manner, the book describes the need to architect a new Constitution for Sri Lanka and what principles must be reflected in it. Download the booklet in Sinhala here. Download the booklet in Tamil here.