Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 29 June, 2011

H.M.M Sampath Kumara Vs. Officer in Charge of Police Station Katunayake-265/2011 and other Free Trade Zone Cases – SC FR- 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 346, 347, 348 / 2011

CPA supported the filing of thirteen Fundamental Rights Petitions on 29th June 2011, by conducting research on the issue and supporting the filing of the cases. The subject matter of this case relates to the protest conducted by 50,000 workers and 84 factories on the 24th of May 2011, against the move by the Government […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 May, 2011

Media Monitoring Report, March 2011: Reportage of LLRC’s hearings in Puttalam and Mannar

The Media Unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducts qualitative and quantitative monthly media monitoring of mainstream print and broadcast media in Sinhala and Tamil. Each month, mainstream media coverage of a specific incident, region or process is quantitatively and qualitatively analysed along with general observations on media bias and violation of established media […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 May, 2011

Audited accounts of Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV)

CMEV was formed in 1997 by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Coalition Against Political Violence as an independent and non-partisan organisation to monitor the incidence of election related violence. Currently, CMEV is made up of CPA, FMM and INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre. Final report on election […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 May, 2011

Fundamental Rights application filed in Supreme Court seeking an election for Colombo Municipal Council

11 May 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed a fundamental rights application (SCFR 161/2011) in the Supreme Court on 4th May 2011 alleging that the Election Commissioner’s failure to hold elections to the Colombo Municipal Council constitutes a continuing violation of his right […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 May, 2011

Is the government intending to introduce more constitutional amendments?

9 May 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes the reports in the Daily Mirror and Lankadeepa newspapers of 5th May 2011, which disclose that the government is intending to bring further constitutional changes before Parliament soon. Citing government sources, the reports say that the proposed Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 March, 2011

The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution: Substance and Process

Download the full document here. ### Introduction The 18th Amendment to the Constitution marks an important event in Sri Lanka’s constitutional evolution. It achieves what one might have thought was previously unthinkable, it makes Sri Lanka’s over-mighty executive even more powerful. The 18th Amendment removed the two term limit on holding the office of the […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 March, 2011

Mariyathas Basilraj Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksha SC FR 387/2011 – and other Navaanthurai Fundamental Rights Applications – SC FR 387, 388, 389, 394, 391,396,395,407,408, 399, 397, 398, 402, 405, 406, 400, 401, 384, 385, 392, 393, 414/2011

CPA supported lawyers and human rights organisations in Jaffna to collect information relating to the incident in Navaanthurai, Jaffna District on 22nd and 23rd August 2011 where around 100 civilians were assaulted by the Sri Lanka Army and police. Further, support was provided for lawyers in Jaffna to draft papers to be able to file Fundamental […]