Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 April, 2016

Interview: Prospects for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

An interview with Howard Varney a few weeks ago held in Colombo attempted to demystify transitional justice and map out the challenges around reconciliation in Sri Lanka. As noted on the website of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Howard Varney is a senior program adviser with ICTJ. His areas of expertise include truth-seeking, national […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 April, 2016

The Western Region Megapolis Master Plan and the Megapolis Authority

On the 23rd of April 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal to commence the drafting of plans for the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project, and contemplates sweeping reforms in the agenda and policies concerning the economy & industry, infrastructure development, city planning, housing & relocation, and social welfare in the Western Province. Additionally, […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 6 April, 2016

SAMPUR: Documentary

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has documented and litigated on land issues and the rights of affected communities for over a decade with specific focus on issues related to the war and post war context. One specific case where CPA has been active is the displacement of over 12,000 individuals in 2006 from Sampur, […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 March, 2016

Land Occupation in the Northern Province: A Commentary on Ground Realities and Recommendations for Reform

Land is a key issue for reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Reparations including the restitution of land, if implemented in the correct manner, can contribute to long-term peace building efforts and prevent further marginalisation of people who were affected by the war. With promises by the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to initiate reforms including with […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 March, 2016

SAMPUR: Documentary trailer

  Thousands of individuals from across Sri Lanka have been displaced for years, some multiple times. For over a decade, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has documented issues related to displacement and returns, advocating reform and litigating on unjust and arbitrary practices. Two cases CPA has followed closely for years, supporting litigation and advocating […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 March, 2016

Memorialisation for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: A Discussion Paper

Memorialisation is an important tool in addressing conflict situations where years of repression, social inequality and injustice have created polarised communities. Memory initiatives can be a great healer and an enabler of reconciliation, paving ways and opportunities for dialogue, understanding, apologising, acknowledging and addressing past violence between divided societies. The change in the political environment […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 March, 2016

Catalogue and details: ‘Truth to Truth’ exhibition

The catalogue of the ‘Truth to Truth’ exhibition can be accessed here. The exhibition will run till the 28th of March at the JDA Perera Gallery, 46, Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 10am to 7pm. Some photos from opening night can be seen on below. The video of the panel discussion held on the opening […]

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