About Us

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) is a not-for-profit research think-tank that works on public policy issues in Sri Lanka with a special focus on issues affecting the Tamil polity in the island. ACPR commenced operations in September 2016. ACPR is based in Jaffna and works throughout the North-East. ACPR is an independent non-partisan organisation and does not associate itself with any other organisation or political party. The vision of ACPR is the creation of a politically, socially and economically just pluri-national Sri Lanka. The mission of ACPR is to be an active contributor of informed and research-based activism within the Tamil polity, to report on public policy issues that are of special relevance to the North-East of Sri Lanka, to create internal capacity for autonomy and self-government in the North-East and to contribute critically towards justice, accountability and sustainable peace in Sri Lanka.

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Situation Brief No. 2: Surveillance, Harassment and Intimidation of Disappearances’ Activists in the North-East

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) Situation Brief No.2  Surveillance, Harassment and Intimidation of Disappearances’ Activists in the North-East August 30, 2018 Full brief available for download in English with footnotes here. I. Background Over the last two years, the issue of enforced disappearances has become an increasingly central topic in the conversation around human…

Workshop on Research for Social Change

On August 3, 2018, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) held a ‘Workshop on Research for Social Change’ aimed at students, researchers and civil society actors which featured renowned scholars speaking on practical tools and techniques to conduct ethical and credible research in the North-East. Presentations featured were: Prof. Robert Templer (Professor of Practice,…

Vacancy: Programmes Manager

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) invites applications for the position of Programmes Manager! Duties will include: Organizing and implementing capacity-building and outreach programs across the North-East with a variety of groups including university students, families of the disappeared and journalists Coordinating with other civil society organizations Writing donor reports and grant applications Eligible candidates…

Junior Researcher Vacancy (Contract)!

ACPR is recruiting a Junior Researcher (Contract)! Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) invites researchers with minimum one-year experience to apply for a part-time Junior Researcher (contract) position with us! The position is for a full-time contract for 5 months starting from September 2018 to January 2019. Duties will include: • Plan and conduct interviews…

Forum: Law as Activism and Engaging the International Community

On July 31, 2018, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research in collaboration with the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Law (Discussion Series 03/2018), Department of Law, University of Jaffna hosted a forum: Law as Activism and Engaging the International Community, which featured the following presentations: ‘Engaging with the International Community: Opportunities and Challenges from a…

ACPR Statement: In Commemoration of Black July – 35 Years On

This week we commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Black July pogrom in which state-sponsored Sinhala mobs attacked Tamils in Colombo and elsewhere killing approximately 3000 Tamils and displacing over 200,000. 35 years have passed and to date, there has been no accountability for this horrific week of genocidal violence, nor even an attempt at…

‘Students Making Change’ Program finishes first year!

In July 2018, ACPR concluded our first year running our ‘Students Making Change’ program with university students from Jaffna and Batticaloa at a two-day conference. After 10 months of workshops discussing tools for civic and political engagement in the context of pressing current issues in the North-East, students came together in Jaffna to share projects they…

Discussion: ‘Tamil Political Prisoners: Towards a Comprehensive Legal Policy Approach’

On June 1, 2018, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research in collaboration with the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Law (Jaffna University, Department of Law) held a discussion: ‘Tamil Political Prisoners: Towards a Comprehensive Legal Policy Approach’. Lead Presenter: Kumaravadivel Guruparan, Head, Department of Law, University of Jaffna, Executive Director, ACPR (Based on ACPR’s brief…