Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 October, 2016

CPA URGES GOVERNMENT TO DESIST FROM PROCEEDING WITH THE AMENDMENT TO THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE

5th October 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by a statement made by the Minister of Justice reported in the print media on 2 October 2016 on the Government’s intention to proceed with amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code. CPA has challenged similar arbitrary procedures and administrative directives […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 26 September, 2016

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism development and human rights in Sri Lanka

Development for tourism in some parts of Sri Lanka is a speeding train set on a collision course with the basic human rights of some of the island’s most vulnerable communities. The country recorded a 16.7% increase in foreign arrivals from 2015 to 2016 and new properties continuously spring up around the island. However, the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 September, 2016

World Class Spaces: Coming Soon

September 21, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka – In this second feature by Abdul Halik Azeez for CPA’s ‘Right To The City Sri Lanka’ initiative, we see the lived experiences and daily struggles of the various people that live in Slave Island (Kompannyaveediya). One of the most culturally rich neighbourhoods in Colombo, it is also one […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 7 September, 2016

Call for crowdfunding: Strengthen & support CPA’s work in Sri Lanka

7 September 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In 2016, CPA turns 20. What does 20 years give us? Perspective – the experience few others have to see how things evolve, why things matter, and how to shape intended outcomes. Knowledge – we have worked at every level of civil society since, and at times with some […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2016

Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka

Working Paper No. 7, on Constitutionalising Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka by Mario Gomez, Conor Hartnett, and Dinesha Samararatne, offers an extensive overview of both Sri Lankan and global debates and trends on the constitutional recognition of justiciable socioeconomic rights. It deals critically with conventional critiques of constitutionalisation of these rights, and offers […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2016

Dialogue over Dominance: Alternative Perspectives on Sri Lanka’s Future Bill of Rights

Working Paper No. 6, on Dialogue over Dominance: Alternative Perspectives on Sri Lanka’s Future Bill of Rights by Michael Mendis considers the question of the enforcement of the bill of rights and offers a dialogic model. The paper seeks to expand our understanding of judicial review, arguing that both the judicial and legislative processes have […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 August, 2016

Looking Back: The 2007 eviction of Tamil citizens from Colombo

On the night of June 7th 2007, some 300 Tamil civilians were evicted from their homes across the Colombo district and taken by police escort to Vavuniya in the Northern province. This was carried out supposedly in the interest of ‘national security’ and was a violation of fundamental human rights that CPA promptly challenged. The […]

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