Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 August, 2013

Press Release on new laws over defamation of major religions

21 August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by reports that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs is to introduce new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’. These reports state that as a first step, a […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 12 August, 2013

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL): CPA complaint against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN)

12 August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director filed a complaint (Complaint No: HRC/3083/13) before the Human Rights Commissions of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) this afternoon against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) and its Chairmen. The complaint was on the basis that a news item appearing on the 7:00pm […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 6 August, 2013

Statement on the violence in Weliweriya

6th August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes with the greatest alarm and anxiety the distressing events that transpired at Weliweriya in the Gampaha District of the Western Province last Thursday, 1st August 2013. It is not the first instance in post-war Sri Lanka of unarmed citizens exercising their democratic right to […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 July, 2013

Letter to Independent Television Network (ITN)

Mr. Rosmand Senaratne, Chairman, Independent Television Network (ITN), Wickramasinghepura, Battaramulla. 16 July 2013 Dear Mr. Senaratne, I am writing with reference to the Sinhala language 7 pm news broadcast of the Independent Television Network (ITN) on Sunday 14th July 2013. An item on this news bulletin stated that the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 June, 2013

Statement on Proposed Constitutional Amendment

5 June 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply perturbed by recent media reports that the government is planning on amending several provisions of the Thirteenth Amendment to the constitution. Over the past several weeks there were contradictory statements made by senior MPs of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 May, 2013

THE NEED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE PREVENTION OF TERRORISM ACT (PTA)

9th May 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: With the recent arrest and detention of opposition politician Azath Salley, Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has once again come under critical scrutiny. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and other civil society groups have condemned the use of the PTA to stifle dissent and reiterate this call […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 March, 2013

Tamil-Muslim Tensions and Coexistence in Mannar: Land Disputes in Sannar and Uppukulam

28th March 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The post-war context has witnessed a number of inter-community disputes in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, which continue to be sources of tension and suspicion. In Mannar district, two of the more high profile disputes have been in Sannar (Manthai West DS) and Uppukulam (Mannar DS), pitting the Tamil community […]

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