Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 September, 2020

A brief Q and A on the Proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution

This brief guide is prepared by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) to highlight salient features of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. CPA also released a Statement on the 20th Amendment on 4 September 2020. Download this Q and A in English, Sinhala and Tamil. What is the Twentieth Amendment? The Twentieth Amendment […]

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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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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 November, 2018

Constitutional Crisis: Questions and Answers II

The Centre for Policy Alternatives has prepared this short guide to answer some further questions that have arisen in the public debate about the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka. See the previous set of Questions and Answers here. What was the Supreme Court’s decision on November 13th? When the President issued a gazette on November 9th […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 31 October, 2018

Constitutional Crisis: Questions and Answers

 The Centre for Policy Alternatives has prepared this short guide to answer some questions that have arisen in the public debate about the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka. What is the prorogation of Parliament? To prorogue Parliament means to prolong it, or to put it off for a later day. It is basically a temporary […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 October, 2018

Paradise Lost? Preliminary Notes on a Constitutional Coup

Asanga Welikala There were three dramatic announcements on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 from the Presidential Secretariat, which occurred in the following order: (a) the announcement of the withdrawal of the UPFA from the government; (b) the swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapaksa before President Maithripala Sirisena as the Prime Minister; and (c) the announcement that […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 July, 2017

University-level discussions status of the constitution-making exercise

A discussion on the current status of the Constitution-making exercise in Sri Lanka was held on the July 6th at the Wayamba University and on 12th of July at the Sripada National College of Education, Patana. The content of the six subcommittee reports on Constitution making, as well as the importance of a new Constitution for […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 June, 2017

Corridors of Power | Website launch

14 June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for the international award-winning ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture. The project was selected as a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design […]

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