CPA Comms Officer on 8 March, 2024

Does Sri Lanka Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission? – A Comment on the Latest Proposal & Ground Realities

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Over the years, the government has introduced multiple Commissions of Inquiries (COIs), Presidential Commissions of Inquiries (PCOIs), a Consultation Task Force (CTF) and other institutions such as the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and the Office for Reparations (OR) under the pillars […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 5 March, 2024

Confidence in Democratic Governance Index (Wave 5)

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

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CPA Comms Officer on 5 March, 2024

Questions & Answers on the Anti Terrorism Bill

This document provides an insight into the Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB) in a question-and-answer format. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has previously commented on this controversial Bill and also challenged the ATB in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. For details on CPA’s written submissions to the Supreme Court, please see here. Click here to […]

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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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