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Friday, February 09, 2007

CPA overview of trends in 2006 now available

The Island: 09/02/2007"

War, Peace and Governance in Sri Lanka: Overview and Trends 2006, the latest report by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Colombo, Sri Lanka is now available for immediate download from the CPA website http://www.cpalanka.org/research_papers/War_Peace_Governance.pdf

The report a CPA release said issues related to human security governance, the peace process, constitutional developments, the economy, public opinion shifts and media, the report provides a comprehensive overview of key social, political and economic developments in 2006, with projections into 2007.

It also covers the emergent trends and consolidation of positions and strategies by actors such as the Government, the International Community, civil society, the LTTE and the Karuna group.

"This report clearly flags a country in crisis", Dr. Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of CPA said. "Sri Lanka must decide clearly, and quickly, whether it wants peace and democratic governance. Most importantly, urgent action must be taken to arrest the humanitarian crisis and strengthen human rights protection. This report indicates trends to the contrary — protracted conflict with grave consequences for peace, human rights and governance."

Also speaking on the report, Mirak Raheem, Senior Researcher at CPA and a co-author of the document said, "The trends and projections in this report are vital for an understanding on how best to prepare for and respond to the escalation of violence in Sri Lanka."

The report will be useful in helping civil society strategies initiatives that address the growing governance, human rights and humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is an independent, non-partisan organization that focuses primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution. Formed in 1996 in the firm belief that the vital contribution of civil society to the public policy debate is in need of strengthening, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated.

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