Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 July, 2021

Sri Lanka’s Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour: A Critique of Promises Made and Present Trends

July 13 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka is at present confronted with unprecedented challenges. The COVID-19 crisis in Sri Lanka has been characterized not only by the immediate public health and economic challenges which have been pervasive across the world. It has also brought to the fore a number of underlying issues that have […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 19 April, 2021

Short Note on the Resolution Seeking Parliamentary Approval to Implement the Recommendations of the CoI on Political Victimization

19 April 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On 9th April 2021, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa tabled a Resolution in Parliament seeking approval to implement the recommendations 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). The motion is listed to […]

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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 3 September, 2018

Confronting Accountability for Hate Speech in Sri Lanka: A critique of the legal framework

Post-war Sri Lanka has witnessed numerous incidents of ethno-religious violence. From Aluthgama in 2014 to Gintota in 2017 to Ampara and Digana in 2018, instances of ethno-religious violence have escalated to the point of property damage, grievous injury, and—in the cases of Aluthgama and Digana—death. Violence of this nature is not restricted to the Buddhist […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2017

Two Years In Government: A review of the pledges made in 2015 through the lens of constitutional reform, governance and transitional justice

The political transition of January 2015 promised ambitious reforms and raised expectations accordingly. Two years on, serious concerns have emerged with regard to the National Unity Government’s reform project.  Despite some successes, the current public perception is of a slow pace or even stagnation. This in turn has resulted in disillusionment and disappointment, with questions posed […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 May, 2015


The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has compiled the present document containing recommendations for legal reform in response to the call by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka through the Bar Association of Sri Lanka requesting submissions. CPA welcomes this call for public submissions and engages in the process, cognizant of its importance in the […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 December, 2014

The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons: Trends, Practices and Implications

Download this report in Tamil or Sinhala. ### The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (the Commission) was established on 15th August 2013 under Gazette No. 1823/42. Over a year into its mandate, the Commission continues to operate under circumstances that raise serious concerns in respect of the search for truth, justice […]

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