ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From the Bunkers

Videos of the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka provide evidence of brutality and injustice.

On 9 November, British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that having watched the documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, he had “serious questions” to ask Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. The two heads of state were to meet in Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) the following week. The Indian and Canadian Prime Ministers ditched the meeting, while Cameron headed to Jaffna to meet Tamil victims of the final and most brutal offence of the civil war between the Sinhalese government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in which Tamilians in northeast Sri Lanka were most affected.

For British film-maker Callum Macrae and British television broadcaster Channel 4, the tweet by their PM was gratifying. Yet, Macrae feels he is the most hated man in Sri Lanka. His recent visit to the country was marked by intimidation at every step, all because of his documentary that pieced together the evidence of the war crimes in Sri Lanka. The buck didn’t stop there: he was refused a visa to India when he was scheduled to attend the screening of the documentary in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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