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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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 11 February, 2020

Launch of Frames of Power: Citizen modelling perceptions of Sri lanka’s constitution

Building on the critically acclaimed Corridors of Power project, Frames of Power is a pioneering & unique web platform for citizens to visually model & compare perceptions of constitutional power. Democratic by design, Frames of Power helps expose & explore perceptions of political power, from acceptance to resistance.  Conceived & produced by Sanjana Hattotuwa, the Founding […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 January, 2020

CPA Statement on Constitutionality of Proposed UNP National List Appointment

24th January 2020, The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is concerned by several media reports that the United National Party (UNP) intends to name Mr. Saman Rathnapriya to fill the National List seat which fell vacant by the resignation of Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne. CPA notes that Mr. Rathnapriya’s name was not included in the list […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 December, 2019

Centre for Policy Alternatives Annual Report 2018

FOREWORD The year 2018 was a memorable year. It marked the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, which CPA in turn marked with a Survey on people’s expectations of Democracy, Government and Governance. It also marked the lowest and highest points in our political and constitutional evolution on account of the October 26th constitutional coup […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 July, 2019

Letter to MPs: Need For Legislative Reforms to Prevent the Execution of the Death Penalty

July 2nd 2019: CPA sent letters to all 225 Members of Parliament, urging them on the need for legislative reforms in the criminal justice system in Sri Lanka including the need to abolish the death penalty from all existing statutes. The letter reads as follows: President Maithripala Sirisena on 26th June 2019 commented of having signed […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 February, 2019

Values and Attitudes Survey on 70 Years of Independence in Sri Lanka

This study aims to capture public opinion on areas pertaining to governance, democracy, political ideology, international relations, peace and reconciliation – following 70 years’ of Independence in Sri Lanka. In particular, the youth vote and the extent to which there is a democratic deficit between this sector and their electoral representatives. The overarching idea of […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 12 November, 2018

CPA Statement on the Presidential Proclamation Dissolving Parliament and Calling for Elections

November 12th 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the continuous and gratuitous undermining of the Constitution of Sri Lanka by President Maithripala Sirisena which has resulted in an unprecedented constitutional crisis since October 26. The most recent development occurred on November 9 when President Sirisena issued a Proclamation […]

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