Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 August, 2019

CPA Statement in Response to Supreme Court Reference 01/2019

23rd August 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu made submissions to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka during proceedings today (23rd August 2019) on the questions posed by President Maithripala Sirisena in terms of Article 129(1) of the Constitution. In his Reference to the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 19 August, 2019

Concerns over the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and the need for urgent reforms

19th August 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by President Maithripala Sirisena’s  appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and urges the Government of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to review this appointment in light of the serious allegations […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 July, 2019

RTI Commission ruling: CPA request on persons sentenced to the death penalty

In an urgent Appeal hearing today relating to a right to information (RTI) request filed by CPA, the RTI Commission ordered the Prisons Department to release details of persons convicted for drug-related crimes and sentenced to the death penalty. CPA had originally filed the request with the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, requesting the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 July, 2019

The death penalty in Sri Lanka: Infographics

The Centre for Policy Alternatives released a set of infographics on the death penalty in Sri Lanka. There are 7 infographics in the series. They are available in English, Sinhala, and Tamil and can be downloaded here.

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 July, 2019

Centre for Policy Alternatives v Attorney General ( SC FR 273 / 2019)

01st July 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers challenging the President’s act of signing the death warrant of four persons convicted of drug-related offences. CPA notes that it has long been recognised that hanging by death is a cruel and inhuman form […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 June, 2019

CPA Statement on the Resuming of the Death Penalty

27th June 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply alarmed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s comments made on 26th June 2019 on signing the death warrants of four persons convicted of drug-related offences; advocating the repeal of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution; attacking the Parliament Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 20 June, 2019

Centre for Policy Alternatives v Attorney General ( SC FR 256/ 2019)

20th of June 2019: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers challenging the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero who was convicted for contempt of court by the Court of Appeal on 8th August 2018. He was sentenced to 19 years of rigorous imprisonment to be completed within 6 […]

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