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* Defense Ministry security clearance for Sri Lankans to marry a foreigner challenged in court
Wed, Jan 19, 2022, 10:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 19, Colombo: A writ petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal seeking the annulment of new government regulations requiring Sri Lankans to obtain a security clearance report from the Ministry of Defense if they wish to marry a foreign national.

The petition was filed by Attorney-at-Law Tishya Weragoda.

Registrar General W.M.M.B. Weerasekera, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne and Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe have been named as respondents.

The petitioner states that as a recognized right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by Sri Lanka, everyone is free to marry any person he or she wishes.

The petitioner states that he is married to a woman who is a foreign citizen and his wife has obtained dual citizenship of Sri Lanka. The petition also states that their minor children are currently foreign nationals.

Registrar General’s Department on October 18 last year issued a circular stating that foreigners intending to marry Sri Lankans should obtain a "Security Clearance Report" as a precondition for marriage before registering their marriage and this regulation will come into effect from January 01, 2022.

Petitioner points out that these orders issued by the Registrar General are unlawful and unconstitutional and therefore, requests the Court of Appeal to issue a writ order to nullify the circular.


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