The chilling stories of these three women show us how unregulated microfinance companies have been forcing thousands of unsuspecting small business owners into crippling financial debt for years – in direct violation of their fundamental rights. Here’s how Sri Lanka’s microfinance sector has gone from startup accelerator to financial debt trap.
Examining Sri Lanka’s Proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill: A Conversation with Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
In this interview with News1st, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, shares his insights on Sri Lanka’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill, its potential impact on human rights and democracy, and the need for genuine political will to address past abuses and build public trust.
Is Wickremesinghe as PM of Sri Lanka an Inspired Choice? Or a Disaster? P Saravanamuttu explains (Livestream))
Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu joins Karan Thapar of The Wire on a livestream (13th May) to discuss the appointment of UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe as the new PM of Sri Lanka.
‘If Rajapaksas Don’t Go, There Could Be Violence in Lanka; Country Is Bankrupt; Poverty Over 50%’ (Video)
In a 30-minute interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, Dr Saravanamuttu first speaks about the protests and the way they have united Sri Lanka’s buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Although they are not as widespread in the north and east of the island, where the Tamils live, there are protests there as well. Dr […]
17.12.2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu spoke at an event to mark Human Rights Day 2021. Among the topics touched on were the increasingly authoritarian and ethno-majoritarian policies of the incumbent government, and the challenges faced by civil society activists under the current socio-political climate. Watch the […]
18th November, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Two years ago, after campaigning on a pro-nationalist platform promising a wide mandate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa took oath as Sri Lanka’s 8th Executive President. To mark two years of his term in office, the Centre for Policy Alternatives looks back on some of the defining moments of his presidency […]
26th February 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, in conversation with Faraz Shaukataly on Newsline Live broadcasted on Newsfirst. Dr. Saravanamuttu speaks about the impact of the recent report on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), the ongoing 46th UNHRC session in […]