Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 March, 2020

The Pardon in the Mirusuvil Massacre: Sri Lanka’s Elusive Quest for Justice

On 26th March 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pardoned former Army Staff Sergeant R. M. Sunil Rathnayake, a convicted death row prisoner. The pardon was met with mixed reactions in Sri Lanka. At one end of the spectrum was concern and condemnation for pardoning a convicted criminal while others welcomed the pardon and for releasing a […]

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Avatar Minoli Wijetunga on 30 March, 2020

Mirusuvil Massacre – Accused Pardoned; No Reparations for Victims’ Families

On March 26, 2020, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa granted a presidential pardon and released convicted death row prisoner and mass murderer, former Army Staff Sergeant R. M. Sunil Rathnayake.  While the country is on lockdown due to COVID-19, the President has seized this opportunity to deal a lethal blow to the rule of law to show […]

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Avatar Minoli Wijetunga on 30 March, 2020

Letter on Prison Reforms in the wake of COVID19

26 March 2020 To:H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaHon. Jayantha Jayasuriya, Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri LankaHon. Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of JusticeMr. T. M. J. W. Thennakoon, Commissioner General of PrisonsMr. Kalinga Indatissa PC, President of the Bar […]

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Avatar Minoli Wijetunga on 28 March, 2020

Brief Guide I: Evolving Legal Issues in the Context of COVID-19

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has prepared this brief guide to raise several legal issues and highlight consequences in the context of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has taken swift action in recent weeks to contain Covid-19 outbreak. These actions have been taken in the backdrop of Parliament being dissolved by President Gotabaya […]

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Avatar Minoli Wijetunga on 13 March, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Recent Political Challenges & Prospects for the Future

On the 25 th of April, Sri Lanka will hold elections for its next Parliament. This will be the first election after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took office, a period in which several trends were discerned with implications for reconciliation, governance, the rule of law and security in Sri Lanka. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 February, 2020

Launch of Frames of Power: Citizen modelling perceptions of Sri lanka’s constitution

Building on the critically acclaimed Corridors of Power project, Frames of Power is a pioneering & unique web platform for citizens to visually model & compare perceptions of constitutional power. Democratic by design, Frames of Power helps expose & explore perceptions of political power, from acceptance to resistance.  Conceived & produced by Sanjana Hattotuwa, the Founding […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 February, 2020

Centre for Policy Alternatives v Attorney General (SC FR 32 /2020)

7th February 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Fundamental Rights application challenging some powers granted to the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Allegations of Political Victimization During the Period Commencing 08th January 2015 and Ending 16th November 2019 (The CoI), appointed by Gazette (Extraordinary) […]

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