The Court of Appeal today directed the Attorney General to inform the Court on the 17th of February of the possibility of not mentioning a child’s race in the birth certificate.
The bench comprising Justices Sobitha Rajakaruna and Dhammika Ganepola directed the Attorney General to inquire into the matter from the Registrar General.
The order was issued after taking into consideration a writ petition filed by attorney Nuwan Bopage seeking the annulment of a decision by the Registrar General.
Bopage filed a writ petition against the refusal to register the birth certificate of his son following a request to not include his race in the birth certificate.
Attorney Nuwan Bopage said he wrote to the Registrar General requesting that his son’s nationality be left blank.
However, he said the respondent Registrar General rejected the request.
The writ petition said the decision by the Registrar General to reject his request was not justified and was above the powers vested in him.
Accordingly, Nuwan Bopage requested Court to issue a writ order nullifying the decision by the Registrar General to refuse to register the birth of his son.