Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 February, 2022

Confidence in Democratic Governance Index

The Confidence in Democratic Governance Index was conducted in light of assessing the system of governance under the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime that was elected to power in November 2019. Although the current regime promised vistas of prosperity and splendor, the soaring cost of living, food shortages and the crippling economy has left the citizenry in […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 January, 2022

Commentary on Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2022

31st January, 2022, Colombo, Sri Lanka: This commentary examines in brief, proposed amendments for the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act (PTA) which were approved by Cabinet on 24 January 2022 and subsequently gazetted. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has prepared this document as an initial comment to the proposed amendments with further advocacy […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 January, 2022

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu files Petition in the Supreme Court (SC SD 8/2022) against proposed Special Goods and Services Tax Bill

January 28th, 2022, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On the 27th of January 2022, the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed a Petition in the Supreme Court (SC SD 08/2022) challenging the proposed Special Goods and Services Tax Bill, which was published in the Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 January, 2022

Parliament: Law, History and Practice

  It gives us great pleasure to introduce this short treatise on the law, history, and practice of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. The colonial origins of the legislature go back to 1833 when a Legislative Council was first established to provide advice and consent to the Governor in the making of laws for the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 December, 2021

Policy Recommendations On Preventing Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka

                  December 17th, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Violent extremism, especially amongst youth has persisted all over the world, carrying with it the potential to destroy the socio-political, cultural and economic fabric of societies in a trail of death and destruction. One feature of all this stands out […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 December, 2021

A Commentary: Legal and Policy Issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka

December 17th, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The COVID-19 health crisis has posed a range of unprecedented legal, political, economic and social challenges for Sri Lanka since March, 2020. While the government was successful in containing the first wave of COVID-19, the pandemic response has since unravelled, revealing issues with the heavily militarised and politicised approach […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 December, 2021

CPA at 25: Reform and Reconciliation

                        Twenty-Five Years!   It has been a long journey of patient plodding and frequent frustration and then, in the memory, a shorter and exciting one too, of upholding principles in public interest litigation, electoral violence and malpractice, the ravages of war, a constitutional […]

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