CPA Comms Officer on 20 February, 2024

Vedukkunari Hill Aathi Lingeswarar Temple

High atop Vedukkunaari Hill in Sri Lanka’s Vavuniya district, an ancient temple stands at the precipice of a religious and legal storm. Revered by the local Tamil community as the Vedukkunaari Aathi Lingeswarar Temple for over 3,000 years, it now finds itself embroiled in a complex dispute with the Department of Archaeology, which claims the […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 7 February, 2024

Statement on the Online Safety Act No. 09 of 2024

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is concerned with the process followed in enacting the Online Safety Act (OSA). It raises serious questions in terms of law-making and its impact on constitutional democracy in Sri Lanka. CPA has previously raised these issues but notes with disappointment the continued practice. The process of drafting the OSA […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 19 January, 2024

CPA Challenges the Anti-Terrorism Bill (SC/SD 04/2024)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed a Petition in the Supreme Court on the 18th of January 2024 challenging the Constitutionality of the Bill titled “Anti-Terrorism”. The Bill was published in the Gazette on the 15th of September 2023 but was only tabled in the Parliament [the first reading […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 8 January, 2024

Statement on proposals to set up structures to address truth, unity and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes the publication of two bills in recent weeks, which could impact reconciliation and related issues in Sri Lanka. The first one titled Office for National Unity and Reconciliation Bill (the ONUR Bill) is presently before Parliament. The second is the publication of the bill for the Commission for […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 15 December, 2023

Strategic Plan 2024

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CPA Comms Officer on 11 December, 2023

Summary Findings and Overview of the Confidence in Democratic Governance Index – December 2023

This report presents the summary findings and overview of the Confidence in Democratic Governance Index (Wave 5) conducted by Social Indicator (SI), the survey research arm of the Centre for Policy Alternatives. This poll was designed to capture the public sentiments on the country’s current state of governance. Fieldwork for the study was conducted from 6th to […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 16 November, 2023

Supreme Court Decision in SC FR 91/2023 – Challenging the Prevention of Terrorism 
(De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021

On the 21st of March 2021, the Government published in the Gazette regulations purportedly made under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, namely the Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021. Through these regulations, the Government attempted to set up a system of ‘rehabilitation’ for categories of persons […]

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