Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 January, 2013

Regrettable, not surprising: Interview with Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu on impeachment of Chief Justice

The appointment of Mohan Peiris as Chief Justice is regrettable, though not surprising, in the backdrop of growing authoritarianism and undermining of the county’s Constitution, says Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in an interview with Ceylon Today. Read the full interview online here or as a PDF here.

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 November, 2012

Impeachment of the Chief Justice: The Sword of Damocles over Democratic Governance?

By Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Accounts, claiming varying degrees of authenticity abound of the impending impeachment of the Chief Justice.  This is not the first time this has been attempted. Denizens of Hulftsdorf within its ranks stopped the UNF government in its tracks from attempting to do this.  A third of the members of parliament are […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 7 January, 2012

Quo Vadis, the Conga Line?

When Sri Lanka vied for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, there was a telling photograph taken at one of the bashes the regime threw in the Caribbean, the culminating event of a labour intensive, extravagant self-indulgent exercise. The photograph has Hon Namal Rajapaksha MP leading a conga line followed by the Governor of the Central Bank. […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 6 December, 2011

Speech by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu at the local budget in Jaffna

Good morning everyone. I have to talk to you about local government as a progressive partner in development in Jaffna. As I said yesterday, at the inaugural session, the importance of local governance is that it is the level of government closest to the people. Therefore, you have a lot of potential to lay the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 May, 2011

Media Monitoring Report, March 2011: Reportage of LLRC’s hearings in Puttalam and Mannar

The Media Unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducts qualitative and quantitative monthly media monitoring of mainstream print and broadcast media in Sinhala and Tamil. Each month, mainstream media coverage of a specific incident, region or process is quantitatively and qualitatively analysed along with general observations on media bias and violation of established media […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 May, 2011

Audited accounts of Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV)

CMEV was formed in 1997 by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Coalition Against Political Violence as an independent and non-partisan organisation to monitor the incidence of election related violence. Currently, CMEV is made up of CPA, FMM and INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre. Final report on election […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 May, 2011

Commentary on Returns, Resettlement and Land Issues in the North of Sri Lanka

The North and East of Sri Lanka were the worst affected provinces during the ethnic conflict. Both areas witnessed death, destruction and displacement and are presently going through phases of rebuilding, reconstruction and development. Although Sri Lanka has faced numerous disasters and crises, both man made and natural, and experienced several phases of return, resettlement, […]

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