Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 September, 2016

World Class Spaces: Coming Soon

September 21, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka – In this second feature by Abdul Halik Azeez for CPA’s ‘Right To The City Sri Lanka’ initiative, we see the lived experiences and daily struggles of the various people that live in Slave Island (Kompannyaveediya). One of the most culturally rich neighbourhoods in Colombo, it is also one […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 7 September, 2016

Call for crowdfunding: Strengthen & support CPA’s work in Sri Lanka

7 September 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In 2016, CPA turns 20. What does 20 years give us? Perspective – the experience few others have to see how things evolve, why things matter, and how to shape intended outcomes. Knowledge – we have worked at every level of civil society since, and at times with some […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2016

Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka

Working Paper No. 7, on Constitutionalising Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka by Mario Gomez, Conor Hartnett, and Dinesha Samararatne, offers an extensive overview of both Sri Lankan and global debates and trends on the constitutional recognition of justiciable socioeconomic rights. It deals critically with conventional critiques of constitutionalisation of these rights, and offers […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2016

Dialogue over Dominance: Alternative Perspectives on Sri Lanka’s Future Bill of Rights

Working Paper No. 6, on Dialogue over Dominance: Alternative Perspectives on Sri Lanka’s Future Bill of Rights by Michael Mendis considers the question of the enforcement of the bill of rights and offers a dialogic model. The paper seeks to expand our understanding of judicial review, arguing that both the judicial and legislative processes have […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 August, 2016

Looking Back: The 2007 eviction of Tamil citizens from Colombo

On the night of June 7th 2007, some 300 Tamil civilians were evicted from their homes across the Colombo district and taken by police escort to Vavuniya in the Northern province. This was carried out supposedly in the interest of ‘national security’ and was a violation of fundamental human rights that CPA promptly challenged. The […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 August, 2016

STATES OF EMERGENCY: ISSUES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish the fifth paper in the CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform, on States of Emergency: Issues for Constitutional Design, by Dr Asanga Welikala (Research Fellow, CPA). Designing the constitutional framework governing states of emergency is a major task for constitution-makers, especially in post-colonial societies such […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 1 August, 2016

CPA Submission to the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) made submissions to the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms, highlighting key areas that require attention in terms of a transitional justice process and the need for reform. The document submitted to the Task Force can be found here, along with this short note on the Office of Missing Persons – […]

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