Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 March, 2015

Benchmarks and Issues to Consider when Exploring Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

Several reports in 2015 indicate to the possibility of establishing a ‘credible domestic process’ in Sri Lanka. This comes in a context of failed attempts in the past to address truth and justice in Sri Lanka and the ongoing protests by victims, families of the disappeared and affected communities for greater action. Recent protests also […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 January, 2015

The Internet as a medium for free expression: A Sri Lankan legal perspective

Commissioned by and written in consultation with the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), ‘The Internet as a medium for free expression: A Sri Lankan legal perspective’ by J.C. Weliamuna looks at the legal framework governing the freedom of expression online in Sri Lanka. J.C. Weliamuna is a well-known Attorney-at-Law, human rights activist and the recipient […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 March, 2014

Commentary on the Census on human and property damages due to conflict 2013

Commentary on the Census on human and property damages due to conflict 2013 5 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The results of the ‘Census on human and property damages due to conflict – 2013’ are due to be published in March 2014, in time for the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 August, 2013

A Critique: HIV/AIDS and the Legal and Policy Framework in Sri Lanka

Official figures indicate Sri Lanka to be a low prevalence country but numerous factors could contribute towards the possibility of an outbreak of HIV / AIDS. These factors include poverty, lack of awareness, low condom use and the presence of numerous vulnerable groups. This coupled with the high levels of stigma and discrimination prevents many […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 September, 2011

A Short Guide to ‘Regulating the Activities Regarding Management of Lands in the Northern and Eastern Provinces’ Circular: Issues & Implications

Download the full report as a PDF here or view it online here. ### The Government recently unveiled a policy regarding land in the North and East through the introduction of a Cabinet Memorandum (memo) titled ‘Regularize Land Management in Northern and Eastern Provinces,’ which was subsequently followed by a Land Circular (circular) titled ‘Regulating […]

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Avatar 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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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 February, 2010

CONTROVERSY WITH REGARD TO THE STATE MEDIA AND THE APPOINTMENT OF A COMPETENT AUTHORITY

14th January 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka: It is now abundantly clear that a situation has arisen in which the State-controlled media is acting with complete disregard for the principles of balance and impartiality inherent to any notion of responsible and professional journalism (which apply with even greater force in the case of media institutions that […]

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