Confronting Accountability for Hate Speech in Sri Lanka: A critique of the legal framework

Post-war Sri Lanka has witnessed numerous incidents of ethno-religious violence. From Aluthgama in 2014 to Gintota in 2017 to Ampara and Digana in 2018, instances of ethno-religious violence have escalated to the point of property damage, grievous injury, and—in the cases of Aluthgama and Digana—death. Violence of this nature is not restricted to the Buddhist […]

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Digital Dangers: CPA Flags Continued Use of Disinformation, Propaganda and Hate Speech in Sri Lanka

Disinformation, propaganda and hate speech continues to distort the digital space in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) noted during a panel discussion organised by the Information Safety and Capacity (ISC) Project, which provides information security and capacity building assistance to civil society organisations, rights activists and independent media. The discussion was held […]

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The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. The Attorney General (Amendment to section 291 of the Penal Code) (SC SD 28/2015)

On December 11th 2015, a Bill titled “Penal Code (Amendment) Bill” was placed on the Order Paper of Parliament for the purpose of amending the Penal Code (Chapter 19). The Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Petition on the 17th of December 2015, challenging the constitutionality of the […]

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Corridors of Power | Website launch

14 June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for the international award-winning ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture. The project was selected as a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design […]

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Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017: Finalist

22 March 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to announce the ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture, is a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design category. As noted online, “Fast Company sifted through more than […]

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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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