Centre for Policy Alternatives on 23 July, 2021

Civil Society statement calling on an end to impunity on child labour, trafficking, and sexual exploitation

23rd July, 2020, On 2021.07.03 Friday, Ms. Jude Kumar Ishalini of Diyagama, Hatton—an underaged girl employed as a domestic aide at the residence of former Minister and present Member of Parliament Mr. Rishad Bathiudeen was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital with burn injuries. She succumbed to her injuries on the 15th while receiving treatment in […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 24 November, 2020

Gender and Criminal Justice Reform

In this series of papers, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) looks at legal and policy reform needed to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).  CPA identifies several areas in which the statute books need to be updated in order to ensure that the safety and dignity of women are protected, but also it is […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 April, 2017

Strengthening Women’s Political Representation at Local Level

​Centre for Policy Alternatives organised a discussion on the political representation of women in local politics at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute with the participation of Hon. Minister Faizer Musthafa and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of CPA. Ms. Gayani Premathilake, Legal Officer of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government delivered a lecture on women’s […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 March, 2017

Rising Above – Life, family and hope at Methsara Uyana

The Centre for Policy Alternatives has for years documented the stories of people affected by the rapid development drive that occurred under the previous regime, when the Urban Development Authority commandeered evictions across Colombo to make room for what has materialised as mixed development projects that promise a luxurious future for those who can afford […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 13 November, 2015

Bring them home: The long search for Sri Lanka’s ‘disappeared’

The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (the Commission) was established on 15th August 2013 under Gazette No. 1823/42. Over a year into its mandate, the Commission continues to operate under circumstances that raise serious concerns in respect of the search for truth, justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. The Government of […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 June, 2015

Up-Country Tamils: The Forgotten 4.2%

Sri Lanka has long been synonymous with fine tea; with a plantation history dating back to 1862 to an export value estimated to reach US$ 2,500 million this year, the humble beverage is the island’s pride across the globe. Accounting for nearly 14% of the country’s total export earnings, it is among the nation’s most […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 March, 2014

Statement on arbitrary detention of Human Rights Defenders

18th March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the arrest and detention last week of several individuals in the North and East, including Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). CPA condemns these attempts by the Government of Sri Lanka […]

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