The Sri Lankan High Commission in London accepted a personalised copy of the Sinhala language version of the No Fire Zone documentary on behalf of Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena this week.
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has been urged by Callum Macrae, the Director of the controversial No Fire Zone documentary “not to obstruct” the truth about war crimes committed during the final months of the war, from coming out. “The truth is coming out. I appeal to you not to obstruct that process, but to encourage it. To be on the side of truth,” Callum Macrae has said in a message sent along with a personalized copy of the Sinhala version of the powerful film.
The film which contains video evidence of crimes committed during the final months of the war that ended in 2009 is available for the public to watch (http://nofirezone.org/sinhala-version). The documentary is now being translated into Tamil too.
The previous government in which the incumbent President was a minister, denied these allegations and opposed moves for an international probe. President Sirisena’s government also maintains the same position, but agreed to conduct an internal probe, pointing out that Sri Lanka is not a party to the Rome Statute.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has already conducted an investigation and a detailed report in this regard is scheduled to be released when it meets again in September in Geneva.
Callum Macrae in the video message to the President said that he believed “the vast majority of Sinhalese people – just like the vast majority of all communities in Sri Lanka – want nothing more than to live in their beautiful island in peace, freedom and with full democratic rights”.“For that to happen the truth must be confronted,” he said.
Several prominent members of Sri Lankan civil society have issued statements supporting the release of the film and encouraging Sinhala people to watch it. They include Nimalka Fernando, Lal Wickrematunge, Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu and Ruki Fernando.