HQI tells pastor to register place of worship

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July 21, 2018 

The pastor, together with his lawyers and 02 other pastors, arrived at the Ambalangoda Police Station at around 10 a.m., for an inquiry regarding the incident which took place on 15th July. They met with the Headquarters Inspector (HQI). 02 Buddhist monks were also present at the inquiry. The HQI claimed that the place of worship should be registered according to the 2008 Circular issued by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs. He, however, warned the Buddhist monks against repeating such incidents. According to Sri Lanka legislation there is no legal requirement to register religious places of worship. A Circular issued by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry in 2008 only states that new constructions of religious places of worship should obtain prior approval from the Ministry. Furthermore, the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and the Department of Christian Affairs have affirmed that there is no requirement for registration for Christian places of worship, following petitions made under the Right to Information Act.

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