Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 June, 2020

Statement on the Implementation of the Official Language Policy by the Consumer Affairs Authority and the National Medicines Regulatory Authority

June 22nd 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes the steps taken by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to give effect to the Official Language Policy by issuing Gazette No. 2135/53 dated 07.08.2019 (also in Sinhala and Tamil) which was amended by Gazette No. 2156/16 dated 31.12.2019 (also in Sinhala and […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 June, 2020

Statement on the Presidential Task Forces

June 15th 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: We, the undersigned from civil society express grave concern regarding the establishment of a spate of Presidential Task Forces in the last few months. Three Task Forces were appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a response to COVID-19. One has extensive powers to direct, coordinate and monitor the delivery […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 June, 2020

The Appointment of Two Presidential Task Forces

5th June 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the appointment this week of two Presidential Task Forces by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. These appointments came soon after the Supreme Court refused leave to proceed to all petitioners on the subject of the dissolution of Parliament for more than […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 April, 2020

CPA Statement on the Election Commission’s announcement setting the 20 June 2020 as the date on which parliamentary elections will be held

22nd April 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes the Election Commission’s announcement that parliamentary elections will be held on 20 June 2020. This announcement comes during a period in which the number of persons who have tested positive for Covid -19 continue to increase and the “curfew” and quarantine measures imposed […]

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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

Regarding Notice Issued by the Police Media Division

7 April 2020 C.D. Wickremaratne Acting Inspector General of Police Police Headquarters Colombo 1. CC: Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary, Ministry of Defence Chairperson, National Police Commission Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Re: Notice Issued by the Police Media Division On 1 April 2020 the Media Division of the Sri Lanka Police, upon the instructions […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 April, 2020

Disposal of bodies of deceased persons who were infected with and suspected of being infected with COVID-19

4th April 2020 H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic, Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka CC:
Hon. Pavithra Waniarachchi, Minister of Health Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General Health Services Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Chief Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Unit Dr. Hasitha Attanayake, Director, Infectious Diseases Hospital Dr. Ajith Tennakoon, Chief Judicial Medical Officer Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson, Human Rights […]

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