About Us

The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) is a not-for-profit research think-tank based in Jaffna that works on public policy issues in Sri Lanka with a special focus on issues affecting the Tamil polity in the island. ACPR officially commenced operations in August 2016. 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.


Statement by ACPR at UPR Info Pre-Session in Geneva

ACPR’s Research Director, Ms. Dharsha Jegatheeswaran, delivered a statement today at UPR Info’s Pre-Session in Geneva outlining certain aspects of our joint submission with other civil society organisations working on the North-East. You can read our full UPR submission from March here and download the statement here or read it below. Please note that as there […]

Release: Mapping Militarisation in Mullaitivu – An Interactive Map and Report

‘Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu District’ (Jaffna/Washington, October 4, 2017) The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) today release, “Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu,” a report examining the extent and impact of militarisation in Mullaitivu District. The report accompanies an interactive online […]

REPORT: Civil Security Department: The Deep Militarisation of the Vanni

September 20, 2017  ACPR today releases, “Civil Security Department: The Deep Militarisation of the Vanni”, a report examining the Civil Security Department’s establishment in the Vanni and its impact. Eight years after the war ended, and despite multiple promises to the international community to end military involvement in civilian activities, the Civil Security Department (CSD) […]

Joint Statement in solidarity with Families of the Disappeared on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

No more excuses: President Sirisena release the lists immediately as promised.  August 30, 2017 Today marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances around the world. Today also marks the 192nd day of the ongoing roadside protest of families of the disappeared in Kilinochchi seeking truth and justice about the fate of their […]

Discussion Colloquium ft Dr. Kate Cronin-Furman and Ms. Nedra Rodrigo

On July 17, 2017, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research hosted a discussion colloquium featuring the following presentations: Dr. Kate Cronin-Furman: “The Politics of Transitional Justice” and Ms. Nedra Rodrigo “Unearthing Tamil Refugee Narratives: Sacred Traces in Secular Practices”   Speaker Bios: Dr. Kate Cronin-Furman is a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science […]