Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 May, 2019

Centre for Policy Alternatives v Attorney General (SC FR 199/2019)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers challenging some of the Regulations included in the Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) Regulation No. 1 of 2019. It must be noted that this is not a challenge of the Declaration of a State of Emergency, but rather some of […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 November, 2018

Centre for Policy Alternatives V Attorney General [SC FR 353/2018] (Fundamental Rights Application challenging the dissolution of Parliament)

12th November 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers challenging the proclamation (Gazette Extraordinary 2096/70) issued by President Sirisena purportedly dissolving the Eighth Parliament. CPA’s position is firm that Article 70(1) of the Constitution read with Articles 33(2)(c) make it crystal clear that the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 November, 2018

Centre for Policy Alternatives V Mangala Samaraweera and Two Others [ SC FR 34/2018] & Bhavani Fonseka and Four Others [ SC FR 33/ 2018]

23rd January 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Two Fundamental Rights Petitions were filed challenging the validity of Excise Notification No 4/2018 of the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2054-42 issued by the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Finance and Media on 18th January 2018. The effect of Excise Notification No 4/2018 is to reintroduce: The prohibition on women above the […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 September, 2018

Udaya Prabath Gammanpila V Attorney General (Centre for Policy Alternatives intervenient- petitioner)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, filed papers on September 12th 2018 intervening in the petition filed by Udaya Gammanpila, MP challenging ‘The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution’ (The Bill), a Private Member’s Bill tabled in Parliament on 5th of September 2018 by Vijitha Herath, MP. The proposed Bill seeks to make […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2018

The Centre for Policy Alternatives vs. Attorney-General SC SD 24/2017 [In re: The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution]

A Bill titled ‘The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution’ (the Bill) was placed on the Order Paper of Parliament on 23rd August 2017. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director filed a Petition on 28th August 2017 in the Supreme Court, stating that the Bill can only be passed in Parliament with […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2018

The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. Kabir Hashim and others SC (FR) Application No.54/2016

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director filed a Fundamental Rights application challenging the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardana, as a Member of Parliament elected under Article 99A of the Constitution (the National List). In accordance […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 16 February, 2018

Sanjeewa Sudath Perera and two others vs. H.E. Maithreepala Sirisena (SC FR 67/2016) (Fundamental Rights application challenging the Tamil version of the National Anthem)

Sanjeewa Sudath Perera and two other persons filed a Petition dated 26th February 2016 in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to sing the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Tamil at the official Independence Day celebrations in 2016. The Petitioners argued that singing the Anthem in Tamil was contradictory to Articles 7 and 12 of […]

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