OIC unlawfully demands pastor obtain approval for worship activities

August 28, 2018 

The pastor arrived at the Mount Lavinia Police Station at approximately 09:30 a.m. and met with the Officer-in-Charge (OIC). 02 members belonging to a neighbourhood union were also present. The OIC informed her that they had received a complaint against the church from the union and was told that she cannot carry out her religious worship activities until she obtains permission from relevant Divisional Secretariat, Grama Niladhari, and the Department of Cultural Affairs. The members of the neighbourhood union also informed her that they have taken similar action against a Buddhist Temple that was to be constructed in the neighbourhood.