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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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,…

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…

ACPR completes Media Capacity-Building Program in the North

On May 26, 2018, ACPR awarded certificates to 33 Tamil-speaking journalists from the North for completion of a 5-month program designed to build their skills and capacity around investigative journalism. Through a combination of expert-driven workshops and equipment provision, this program was aimed at improving the quality and quantity of investigative journalism coming out of…

‘Stories of Mullivaikkaal’ Book Launch – Jaffna

  On May 15, 2018, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research held a Book Release for ‘Stories of Mullivaikkal’ at Jaffna Public Library. ‘Stories of Mullivaikkaal’ is a project by ACPR presenting alternative narratives from survivors of Mullivaikkaal which does not narrow their lived experiences to helpless victimhood but rather promotes and accepts their agency. Stories…

Issue Brief No. 3 – Tamil Political Prisoners: Suggestions for a Comprehensive Legal Policy Approach

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) Issue Brief No. 3 Tamil Political Prisoners: Suggestions for a Comprehensive Legal Policy Approach May 7, 2018 Full brief with footnotes available for download in English as a PDF here.  I. Introduction Mr. Satchithanantham Ananthasuthakaran, sentenced to life under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in 2017, was given three…