CPA Comms Officer on 27 March, 2024

Understanding Interconnections between Human Rights and Economic Crimes in Sri Lanka: Exploring Issues and Potential Ways Forward

In Sri Lanka, economic crimes perpetrated by PEPs have received critical attention at present, where there have been discussions on plausible interventions to address the culture of impunity and the human rights implications of economic crimes. This report, written primarily to understand and advocate for key issues concerning addressing economic crimes in Sri Lanka, maps […]

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CPA Comms Officer on 8 March, 2024

Does Sri Lanka Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission? – A Comment on the Latest Proposal & Ground Realities

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Over the years, the government has introduced multiple Commissions of Inquiries (COIs), Presidential Commissions of Inquiries (PCOIs), a Consultation Task Force (CTF) and other institutions such as the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and the Office for Reparations (OR) under the pillars […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 November, 2020

Gender and Criminal Justice Reform

In this series of papers, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) looks at legal and policy reform needed to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).  CPA identifies several areas in which the statute books need to be updated in order to ensure that the safety and dignity of women are protected, but also it is […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 November, 2020

Technocratic Populism and the Pandemic State

This paper examines the ways in which the Sri Lankan Government has been able to employ a counterintuitive and underexamined type of populist rhetoric, that of technocratic populism. It looks at the ways in which both technocratic and populist narratives are combined, creating an ideological framework which serves to sanitize increasingly authoritarian actions. It focuses […]

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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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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 June, 2018

Making the Case for an Office for Reparations

June 4th 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Reparations are an essential part of transitional justice and focus on recognising and repairing past abuses. In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka recognised the right to reparations by committing to the establishment of an Office for Reparations through at the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 February, 2017

Victim-Centred Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: What Does It Really Mean?

14th February 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: There is now a growing consensus that victims must be at the heart of any transitional justice process. Since 2015 and the government’s promise to introduce transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka, these terms have been used by varied stakeholders. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has consistently called […]

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