Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 September, 2020

Right to Privacy in Sri Lanka

The right to privacy includes the right of individuals to lead their lives in a manner that is reasonably secluded from public scrutiny, and the right to make personal decisions regarding their lives. The importance of privacy and the multitude of practices through which privacy is breached are not fully appreciated by policymakers, businesses as […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 September, 2020

Statement on the Twentieth Amendment

4th September 2020: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the changes proposed by the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill gazetted on 2nd September 2020 and its impact on constitutional democracy in Sri Lanka. CPA notes that the proposed amendment rolls back democratic reforms introduced by the Nineteenth Amendment in 2015 […]

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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 3 June, 2020

The need for prison reforms in Sri Lanka

The need for prison reforms has been discussed for years in Sri Lanka with very little progress. The COVID19 pandemic has renewed attention to the issue in an urgent manner. Systemic issues within prisons in Sri Lanka expose inmates and staff to heightened risks due to both the contagiousness of the virus as well as […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 April, 2020

COVID 19 Testing Report

Despite the best efforts of health workers on the frontlines in combatting the virus thus far, recent increases in the number of cases demonstrate that the public health crisis presented by COVID-19 is far from averted. This report will illustrate the importance of high levels of testing in formulating an effective response, as we attempt […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 May, 2019

Public Opinion Poll on Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform

Throughout the past three decades, successive governments have stressed the importance of constitutional reform. This has been either as a means of addressing minority grievances which in turn would form part of a solution to the ethnic conflict or as a means of restructuring various contentious aspects within the 1978 Constitution (i.e. the executive presidential system […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 March, 2019

The Need for Accountability in Sri Lanka’s Criminal Justice System: A Glance at Seven Emblematic Cases

This report examines seven emblematic cases to evaluate the levels of accountability in the prosecution of cases of human rights violations within Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system. The report is structured in three parts. First, it establishes several recurrent trends causing system failures and exacerbating the culture of impunity in Sri Lanka that the selected […]

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