Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 September, 2017

CPA statement on passage of Provincial Councils Elections Amendment Act

25th September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is extremely concerned by the rushed and non-transparent process followed by the government to amend the Provincial Councils Elections Act. This amendment Act was passed by Parliament on 20th September 2017 with the support of more than two-thirds of the Members of Parliament. […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 August, 2017

This House is not a Home: The struggle for addresses and land in the estate sector

The workers of Sri Lanka’s tea estates have faced a myriad of challenges for as long as the industry has existed. A century and a half since the first plantations were introduced, these challenges still persist, along with several others that have arisen over time. Conditions in the estate sector continue almost unchanged, despite post-war […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 August, 2017

150 Years Later: the story of tea

11 August 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In 2017, we celebrate 150 years of tea production in Sri Lanka. To mark this anniversary, several events and activities have been planned throughout the year in Sri Lanka and internationally, including a Global Tea Party, International Tea Convention and a charity auction organised by a variety of stakeholders […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 August, 2017

CPA Calls for the Resignation of Minister Ravi Karunanayake

August 04th 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has followed recent media reports of the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the issuance of Treasury Bonds with increasing concern. The reported allegations of financial misconduct and conflicts of interest are extremely serious and their political consequences graver. Whatever the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 July, 2017

Press Release: Importance of Adhering to the Constitutional and Legal Framework in the Establishment and Operationalizing of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP)

  24th July 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the failure of President Maithripala Sirisena to adhere to the provisions of the Constitution in allocating subjects and functions to Ministers, particularly in relation to the Office on Missing Persons (OMP). On 19th July 2017 President Sirisena issued […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 June, 2017

Basic Guide to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

The issue of enforced disappearances has impacted Sri Lankan’s across the ethnic divide for decades. The use of enforced disappearances during the “youth insurrections” of the 1970’s and 80’s and during the protracted armed conflict by both state and non-state actors is well documented. Despite several commissions of inquiry appointed by successive governments to investigate […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 June, 2017

An enduring fear: Aluthgama in 2017

The homes that were burned and the stores that were damaged have been rebuilt; Aluthgama’s infrastructure hides the violence that it recently bore. Three years ago, around Poson poya day that fell in the middle of the month of Ramazan in 2014, a destructive display of racially-motivated violence occurred that continues to haunt its streets, […]

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