Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 November, 2020

Gender and Criminal Justice Reform

In this series of papers, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) looks at legal and policy reform needed to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).  CPA identifies several areas in which the statute books need to be updated in order to ensure that the safety and dignity of women are protected, but also it is […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 June, 2020

The Appointment of the two Presidential Task Forces

Sri Lanka has witnessed a spate of Presidential Task Forces in 2020. Three Task Forces were appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a response to COVID-19, another relating to poverty alleviation and one on education affairs.[1] The most recent two are the Presidential Task Force to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 April, 2020

Curfew in response to COVID-19: Legal Framework and Relevant Questions in Sri Lanka

Curfews, which are generally understood to be a government regulation requiring people to remain indoors during specified hours, are a means of restricting the fundamental freedom of free movement, in view of a greater public aim such as ensuring public health, national security, public safety and such purposes. Whilst such restrictions are permissible, they must […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 April, 2020

Structures to Deal with COVID-19 in Sri Lanka: A Brief Comment on the Presidential Task Force

8 April 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, Sri Lanka has witnessed the activation of existing structures and the establishment of new ones. One such new entity is the Presidential Task Force established to direct, coordinate and monitor the delivery of continuous services and for the sustenance of overall community […]

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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 Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 April, 2017

CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform | Working Papers 15 to 18

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is delighted to publish four new papers in its CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform series. In Working Paper No.15, A Constitutional Court for Sri Lanka? Perceptions, Potential and Pitfalls, Dr Tom Gerald Daly asks, what promise does the possible establishment of a constitutional court hold out for Sri […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 February, 2017

The Making of a World Class City: Displacement and Land Acquisition in Colombo

1 February 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: CPA’s latest report ‘The Making of a World Class City: Displacement and Land Acquisition in Colombo’ explores the process of making Colombo a world class city, begun post-war under the Rajapaksa regime and its continuity under the yahapalanaya government. The previous government’s Urban Regeneration Programme (URP), which is being […]

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