Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 December, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Despite growing challenges to democracy, data reveals that globally democracy is not in decline, according to new International IDEA publication.

11th December 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka –The world has experienced continued and steep democratic progress, however this progress has slowed down over the past decade.  Challenges and threats have emerged in specific countries and regions, according to the first edition of The Global State of Democracy publication from The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). Now, […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 November, 2017

Selective Memory: Erasure & memorialisation in Sri Lanka’s North

23rd November, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The insurrections of the 1970s, the riots of 1983 and the 30-year conflict – all which have immeasurably shaped the country’s history and have far more reaching consequence for its future – are glaringly absent from the history syllabus of the Sri Lankan education system. Textbooks are one way of teaching […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 November, 2017

On the blocking of Lanka E News website in Sri Lanka

13th November 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes with concern the inaccessibility of online news website Lanka E News from within Sri Lanka since 8th November 2017. AFP reports that the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) had ordered internet service providers “to block Lanka E News”. Mainstream media […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 November, 2017

Response to the Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero’s Comments on the Centre for Policy Alternatives

2 November 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On Saturday 28th October, both Hiru and Ada Derana News broadcast ideas about the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expressed by the Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero. Addressing a conference of Bikkhus at the Dhammikaramaya in Ratmalana on the proposed new constitution, the Venerable Thero stated that CPA and its […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 26 September, 2017

CPA Statement on the Release of the Interim Report of the Steering Committee to the Constitutional Assembly

26th September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes the presentation of the Interim Report of the Steering Committee to the Constitutional Assembly on 21st September 2017. CPA now calls on the government to firmly commit to the next steps of the constitutional reform process, including by providing clear dates on when […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 September, 2017

150 Years Later: The Story of Tea – campaign recap

In August 2017, we celebrated 150 years of tea production in Sri Lanka. While there was much reported in the media around celebratory events by tea producers, distributors, and the hospitality industry, and the future of Ceylon tea, there was little to no mention whatsoever of the tea plantation workers without whose contribution the industry […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 September, 2017

CPA Concerned with Process to Operationalize the Office on Missing Persons (OMP)

13th September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) raises serious concerns with the issuing of Gazette (extraordinary) No 2036/21 on 12th September 2017 by President Maithripala Sirisena qua Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation. CPA previously raised concerns when President Sirisena issued Gazette (extraordinary) 2028/45 assigning the Office on Missing Persons […]

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