Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 October, 2020

Written Submissions by the CPA on the Case re the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution

On 23 September 2020, The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the proposed Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution. A Brief overview of the Petition filed on behalf of CPA and its Executive Director is available here. The CPA’s basic position was […]

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Avatar 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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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 July, 2020

Sama Vimarshi: July 2020

Initiated in 2000, සාමවිමර්ශී (Sama Vimarshi) July 2020 Issue is a critical examination into the timely issues on human rights, peace and conflict analysis, democratic practices, diversity and people’s participation in governance among many other contemporary key areas of concern in relation to the upcoming 2020 parliamentary elections. The journal includes independent narratives from representatives […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 June, 2020

The need for prison reforms in Sri Lanka

The need for prison reforms has been discussed for years in Sri Lanka with very little progress. The COVID19 pandemic has renewed attention to the issue in an urgent manner. Systemic issues within prisons in Sri Lanka expose inmates and staff to heightened risks due to both the contagiousness of the virus as well as […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 March, 2020

Mirusuvil Massacre – Accused Pardoned; No Reparations for Victims’ Families

On March 26, 2020, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa granted a presidential pardon and released convicted death row prisoner and mass murderer, former Army Staff Sergeant R. M. Sunil Rathnayake.  While the country is on lockdown due to COVID-19, the President has seized this opportunity to deal a lethal blow to the rule of law to show […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 March, 2020

Letter on Prison Reforms in the wake of COVID19

26 March 2020 To:H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaHon. Jayantha Jayasuriya, Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri LankaHon. Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of JusticeMr. T. M. J. W. Thennakoon, Commissioner General of PrisonsMr. Kalinga Indatissa PC, President of the Bar […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 March, 2020

Brief Guide I: Evolving Legal Issues in the Context of COVID-19

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has prepared this brief guide to raise several legal issues and highlight consequences in the context of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has taken swift action in recent weeks to contain Covid-19 outbreak. These actions have been taken in the backdrop of Parliament being dissolved by President Gotabaya […]

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