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New film urges UN Human Rights Council to listen to Tamil calls for justice

The makers of the Emmy-nominated documentary “No Fire Zone” have released a new film on Sri Lanka urging the international community to listen to Tamil voices calling for an international accountability mechanism, ahead of the release of a United Nations report into mass atrocities on the island.

“Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice” was released on Thursday in English and Spanish and is addressed to members of the UN Human Rights Council.

See the English version of the film here.

“It calls on the international community to listen to the voices of the Tamil victims who are calling for an international accountability process to ensure truth and justice,” said a press release, noting that the Northern Provincial Council has called for such a process.

“It has been echoed by Tamil civil society groups, by public demonstrations and a public signature campaign, which is gaining considerable support despite reports of harassment by security forces,” the statement added.

Released under the campaign slogan, #LetThemBeHeard, the film is being taken on an international preview tour through five Latin American countries by No Fire Zone director Callum Macrae, who will also travel to the United States to screen the film and meet with politicians, government officials and human rights activists in New York and Washington. 

The film will also be screened in the Palais de Nation, the Human Rights Council’s headquarters in Geneva.