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 […]
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.
A collective of civil society organisations called the Citizens’ Initiative for Constitutional Change (CICC) organised a press conference on January 12th in Colombo, to give publicity to the process of collecting citizen input to feed into the government’s current constitution-making exercise. Speeches from the press conference can all be accessed in a playlist embedded below; […]
With the political transition in 2015, Human Rights Day this year provides us an opportunity to reflect on the situation in Sri Lanka, identify areas for improvement and work towards realising greater respect, protection and promotion of human rights for all citizens. We have experienced and continue to experience a multiplicity of human rights challenges […]
This booklet contains a collection of suggestions that can be taken into consideration if Sri Lanka is to have a new Constitution in the near future. These suggestions are specifically derived upon analyzing South Africa’s and Kenya’s Constitutions. The booklet would be most useful as a source for the public for information on constitution-making. Download […]
The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (the Commission) was established on 15th August 2013 under Gazette No. 1823/42. Over a year into its mandate, the Commission continues to operate under circumstances that raise serious concerns in respect of the search for truth, justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. The Government of […]
CPA hosted a meeting for Civil Society to introduce its Programme on Citizen Participation in Constitution Making on the 13th of October at the OPA, Colombo. Senior Researcher from CPA Outreach, Lionel Guruge introduced attendees to the objectives of the proposed programme, which are mainly to ensure that citizen recommendations and aspirations were included in […]