Centre for Policy Alternatives on 29 May, 2015

A Brief Guide to the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution

The 19th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution is cited as one of the key policy achievements of President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 day programme. It was passed in Parliament on 28th April 2015 with 212 Members of Parliament voting in favour and with a reported 174 amendments being considered during the committee stage of the Bill […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 May, 2015


The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has compiled the present document containing recommendations for legal reform in response to the call by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka through the Bar Association of Sri Lanka requesting submissions. CPA welcomes this call for public submissions and engages in the process, cognizant of its importance in the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 12 May, 2015

Forced Evictions in Colombo: High-rise Living

12th May 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka:  The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ second report on forced evictions in Sri Lanka’s capital city looks at evictions that took place under the previous Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, where as part of its beautification agenda they aimed to create a slum free Colombo by 2020. The report […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 May, 2015

Revoking the creation of the Special Zone for Heavy Industry in Sampur, Trincomalee

9th May 2015: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to revoke the creation of the Special Zone for Heavy Industry in Sampur, Trincomalee and the land alienated to the Board of Investment (BOI) by gazette (extraordinary) No. 1913/19 dated 7th May 2015. The above gazette revokes gazette (extraordinary) No 1758/26 […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 April, 2015

Discussion Paper: The Need for a Comprehensive Reparations Policy and Package

For any post war society grappling with the consequences of past violence and engaged in exploring modalities for transitional justice, reparations is an important tool. Reparations, if designed and implemented in an inclusive manner that factors in the grievances of the victims and affected communities, can be an effective tool in acknowledging and addressing the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 March, 2015

Benchmarks and Issues to Consider when Exploring Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

Several reports in 2015 indicate to the possibility of establishing a ‘credible domestic process’ in Sri Lanka. This comes in a context of failed attempts in the past to address truth and justice in Sri Lanka and the ongoing protests by victims, families of the disappeared and affected communities for greater action. Recent protests also […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 March, 2015

Devolution in the Northern Province: September 2013 – February 2015

The first elections of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) held in September 2013 provided an important opportunity to test the utility of the Thirteenth Amendment in devolving power. Until then, the Northern Province was essentially under Central administration (through the Governor) for the larger part of its existence since the enactment of the Thirteenth Amendment. […]

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