Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 April, 2021

CPA Statement on the Arrest of the Mayor of Jaffna

9th April 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) condemns the arrest of Mr. Viswalingam Manivannan, the Mayor of Jaffna, under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 48 of 1979 [PTA Act] and calls for his immediate release. Details surrounding the arrest are limited but based on the statement issued […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 March, 2021

Concerns Relating to the Recent Regulations Issued Under the Prevention of Terrorism Act

March 18, 2021, Colombo Sri Lanka: The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021 (hereinafter the regulations) published on the 12th of March 2021. The regulations are drafted in a manner that can further jeopardise the rights and […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 March, 2021

CPA Statement on the Proposed Bans on Burqas and Madrasas

March 18 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is concerned by news reports of public statements made by the Minister for Public Security, Sarath Weerasekera MP, to the effect that the government intends taking measures to ban the wearing of the burqa, and to ban madrasas that do not conform to […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 12 March, 2021

Initial Concerns with the Report of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Allegations of Political Victimization and Subsequent Action

March 12 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply troubled with the report of the ‘Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Allegations of Political Victimization During the Period Commencing 08th January 2015 and Ending 16th November 2019’ (The CoI), which has this week been tabled in Parliament, and the subsequent action […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 February, 2021

Myanmar: Stop the Coup, Let Election Tribunals do Their Job

3rd February 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On 1 February, the armed forces of Myanmar (Tatmadaw), ostensibly acting on allegations of voter fraud in the general elections of 8 November 2020, detained numerous government officials, including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, and Union Election Commission (UEC) Chair U Hla Thein, […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2021

CPA Statement – 73 Years of Independence

February, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On the eve of Sri Lanka’s 73rd Independence Day, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) conveys its grave concern with the state of ethno-religious relations and threats to democratic institutions in Sri Lanka. These concerns arise within a context of unprecedented challenges due to a global pandemic, heightened authoritarian and […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 December, 2020

Statement on Forced Cremations

December 3rd 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The faith the victims of forced cremation of COVID-19 or COVID-19 suspected dead had in the highest court in Sri Lanka has been shattered. Victims and communities are now left without a recourse in Sri Lanka for the continued injustice they suffer. “We placed greater hopes in the courts. […]

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