Rakitha Abhayaratne on 10 March, 2022

CPA Annual Report for 2020

Message from the Executive Director The year 2020 was dominated by the Covid 19 pandemic, the efforts to manage it and the repercussions thereof. In Sri Lanka, it was effectively the first year of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency – won in November 2019 with 6.9 million votes to be followed by the General Election in […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 February, 2022

The Scope and the Content of The Constitution: Perspectives of Opinion Leaders

24th February 2022: The Scope and Content of the Sri Lankan Constitution: Perspectives of Opinion Leaders comprises a summary of findings that assesses the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of leaders from the four main ethnic communities (Sinhala, Tamil, Up Country Tamil and Muslim) across the island. These leaders included religious leaders, government officials, office holders of community-based organizations, teachers […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 February, 2022

Why the amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act are insufficient (A Visual Summary)

CPA’s commentary on the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act note the minimalist approach and basic reforms insufficient to address ground realities. Aspects which require urgent reform as highlighted by legal scholars, civil society actors and even the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka have also not been addressed in the Bill. […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 November, 2021

A Constitutional Performance Assessment: National Poll

15th November, 2021: The 20th amendment to the Constitution that was passed into law on the 22nd of October 2020 provided wide sweeping powers to the executive that further endangered the crippling democratic space prevalent in the country. Furthermore, the pandemic and its limitations have enabled the government to continue with its autocratic rule and […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 October, 2021

CPA Statement on the Proposed Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act

14th October, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned about the proposed Bill to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, published in the Gazette on the 8th of October 2021. The proposed amendments seek to dispense with the requirement of producing a suspect or accused before the Magistrate […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 15 September, 2021

CPA Statement on allegations against State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation

15th September 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply disturbed by media reports of two incidents this week where the State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte is alleged to have abused his position by entering two prisons inebriated, and attempted to assault remand prisoners. On Sunday […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2021

Initial comment on the Declaration of a State of Emergency and Regulations for the Maintenance of Essential Supplies and Services

September, 2, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: On the 30th of August 2021, by way of Gazette 2243/1, President Gotabaya Rajapakse issued a proclamation under Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40) as amended. In the Proclamation, the President states that ‘I am of the opinion that it is considered expedient to do so […]

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