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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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 29 November, 2021

Comment: Legality of the State Response to the Right to Protest in the light of the Covid-19 Pandemic

November 29th, 2021: The right to protest, as manifested in the freedom of assembly, association, and expression, is an important feature of a democratic society that facilitates civic engagement in political processes beyond just voting at elections. This right is vital for the healthy functioning of a democracy, and while it is recognized that the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 November, 2021

A Constitutional Performance Assessment: National Poll

15th November, 2021: The 20th amendment to the Constitution that was passed into law on the 22nd of October 2020 provided wide sweeping powers to the executive that further endangered the crippling democratic space prevalent in the country. Furthermore, the pandemic and its limitations have enabled the government to continue with its autocratic rule and […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 October, 2021

CPA calls on Government to rescind Presidential Task Force on ‘One Country, One Law’

28th October 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply shocked and disturbed by the appointment of the latest Presidential Task Force mandated to implement the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept, including the drafting of a law to give effect to it, headed by Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero.  The appointment of the Task […]

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