Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 May, 2019

CPA Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero

24th May 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses its deep shock and concern over the Presidential pardon of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was released from prison on 23rd May 2019. The pardon raises a number of pressing questions which the President and the government are obliged to answer. […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 May, 2019

CPA Press Statement on Incidents of Communal Violence in May 2019

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the increased spate of communal violence against the Muslim community since the Easter Sunday attacks of 21 April 2019. Recent and ongoing incidents in Negombo, Chilaw, Kurunagala, Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Dummalasuriya, Rasnayakapura, Kobeigane, Bingiriya among others indicate that Muslim homes, businesses and places of worship are being […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 April, 2019

CPA strongly condemns the violence in churches and hotels across Sri Lanka

21st April 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) vehemently condemns today’s attacks on three churches, three hotels and other locations across Sri Lanka that resulted in over 200 deaths and left over 450 injured. This shocking and senseless attack is the largest witnessed in post-war Sri Lanka. CPA extends its deep […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 January, 2019

Concerns around and challenges arising from Facebook’s communications policy in Sri Lanka

28 January 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes with concern the coverage afforded to a meeting with senior Facebook officials, including Ankhi Das[1], the Public Policy Director for India, South & Central Asia, and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photos of the meeting included what appeared to be the exchange of […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 January, 2019

CPA Calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to Uphold Commitments on Accountability and Security Sector Reform

11 January 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the recent appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as the Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and urges President Maithripala Sirisena to immediately review the appointment in light of serious allegations levelled against Major General Silva. These are […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 December, 2018

CPA Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Proclamation Dissolving Parliament

13 December 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) warmly welcomes the judgment by the Supreme Court today holding unanimously that the Proclamation issued by the President on November 9 to dissolve Parliament and call for a General Election is ultra vires and unconstitutional. The Court’s judgment is historic, coming at a highly […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 November, 2018

CPA Statement on the Supreme Court’s Interim Order Staying the Purported Dissolution of Parliament

13 November 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) warmly welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today to stay the proclamation dissolving Parliament made by the President on 9 November 2018, until 7 December. The Court also granted leave to proceed on a number of fundamental rights applications including those by CPA and […]

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