Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 October, 2011

M.A Sumanthiran Vs. R.P.R Rajapaksha and others (Land Circular Petition)

 (SC FR 494/2011 and Writ 620/2011) In October 2011 the Court of Appeal heard the petition filed by Member of Parliament of the Tamil National Alliance Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran, Attorney-at-Law, seeking an interim order restraining the Land Commissioner General and other respondents from implementing the Land Circular No. 2011/04. This Circular deals with land in […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2011

The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksha and others (SC FR 453/2011)

This public interest case was filed by CPA in September 2011. The petition challenged the introduction of new regulations under Section 27 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Temporary Provisions) Act No.48 of 1979. The Petitioner argued that the Regulations which reproduced many of the provisions in the lapsed Emergency Regulations such as those relating […]

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 2 June, 2011

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu vs. Mahinda Deshapriya (SC FR 251/2011)

A fresh petition was filed by Dr. P. Saravanamuttu in June 2011.  The subject matter of this case concerns the failure of the Elections Commissioner to hold elections for the Colombo Municipal Council pursuant to a series of Emergency Regulations extending the term of office of the Municipal Council beyond the period determined by law. […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 5 May, 2011

Dr. P. Saravanamuttu Vs. Mahinda Deshapriya (SC FR 161/2011)

This case was filed on 5th May 2011 by Dr. P. Saravanamuttu, the Executive Director of CPA. The Petitioner who is a resident of Colombo and a registered voter on the electoral register who is entitled to vote at elections to the Colombo Municipal Council. The subject matter of this application concerns the failure of […]

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 […]

Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2011

1) Mavai Somasundaram Senathirajah Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksha (Registrations in North)(SC FR 73/2011)

In February 2011, CPA supported several Parliamentarians from the North to file a fundamental rights petition challenging the registration conducted by the military in the area. CPA supported the case by drafting the Petition, bearing the cost of litigation and assisting with field research on the impugned practice – and has continuously monitored the human […]